Reading Koiné Greek with Comprehension

Field: Biblical Languages
Unit Code(s): AL3609T (Online only)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 3)
Delivery mode: Online
Prerequisites: AL2509T – New Testament Greek B, or equivalent

This is an intermediate Greek reading unit that builds upon first year Greek, giving the student exposure to substantial excerpts from all four Gospels, Acts, and a variety of epistles from the New Testament. Some extra-canonical works may be covered according to the students' interests. This unit will be taught online using a communicative approach where students, in addition to increasing their vocabulary and understanding of grammar, also practise listening, writing, and speaking Koiné Greek for the purpose of developing their proficiency in reading. This is an ideal unit for students who wish to consolidate their first year Greek and/or who are intending to undertake research in the New Testament or Patristics. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a reading comprehension of a wide selection of New Testament texts in Koiné Greek
  • to speak and understand simple sentences in Koiné Greek
  • compose narratives and prose about everyday life in Koiné Greek, with the aid of a Lexicon 
  • demonstrate the capacity for self-learning through using strategies for translating and understanding difficult passages in Koiné Greek.
  • Participation in the weekly Skype tutorials and quizzes on the assigned readings, equivalent to 1,500 words (25%)
  • Written narrative or prose exercise in Koiné Greek, equivalent to 1,500 words (25%)
  • Take-home exam, equivalent to 2,000 words (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

* Joint Association of Classical Teachers. New Testament Greek: A Reader. Cambridge: CUP, 2001

* Aland, B. and K. Aland. The Greek New Testament, 4th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 1993

* Newman, B.M. A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 1993 [normally bound in the same volume as The Greek New Testament]

Duff, J., The Elements of New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. (Cambridge: CUP, 2005) [the CD-ROM often packaged with this is optional]

Buth, R., Living  Koiné Greek, 2nd Ed., Parts I-III, Israel: Biblical Language Center, 2007