Elements of New Testament Greek (THE1070)

StaffProfessor David Horrell - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This option module will enable you to acquire a good working knowledge of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, and to translate short passages from Greek into English with appropriate glossary

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of New Testament Greek
  • 2. Produce accurate translations of short passages, with the aid of glossary
  • 3. Identify and comment on grammatical forms of the language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Begin, with guidance, to demonstrate basic linguistic skills in the original language of a religious tradition
  • 5. Begin, with guidance, to translate ancient religious texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Undertake directed work within clear guidelines
  • 7. Communicate clearly in a written form
  • 8. Participate appropriately in a learning group
  • 9. Demonstrate a greater understanding of the nature of language and the problems of translation

Syllabus plan

The work will comprise basic language learning and study of grammar, following J Duff, Elements of New Testament Greek from chapters 1-12. As the semester progresses there will be an increasing focus upon examples and sections taken from the set text (John 1.1-18).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities33Classes
Guided independent study117Private study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mid-term examination3050 minutes1-7Indicative mark, with opportunity to see examination script
Examination702 hours1-7Indicative mark, with opportunity to see examination script

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Youare required to purchase:

  • J Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

It is also recommended that you purchase ONE of the following, which may also be used in THE2034:

  • B Newman, A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament (United Bible Societies, 1993)
  • A Souter, A Pocket Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (Oxford; reissued as a Classic Reprint).
  • W Trenchard, A Concise Dictionary of New Testament Greek (Cambridge: CUP, 2003 Other

Recommended texts:

  • S Kubo, A Readers Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (Michigan: Andrews University Press, 1979)
  • G Abbott-Smith, A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament (Edinburgh;: T&T Clark, 1936)
  • B Metzger, Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1986)
  • S Bruce, Introduction to New Testament Greek Using Johns Gospel (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1999)

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