What is the course about?
The course aims at offering a fast-track gateway into the language of the New Testament so that students can start reading unadapted phrases, sentences, and passages from the Gospels while learning or brushing up their Koine Greek grammar.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Complete New Testament Greek: Teach Yourself (paperback – 2010 edition), a textbook designed so that students can read Greek phrases and sentences from the New Testament right from the start, while topics of interest for New Testament studies are introduced alongside grammar instruction. We shall start from Unit 1 and aim at completing Unit 4 – though the pace of the course may vary depending on the students’ general level and progress.
When appropriate, the teacher will provide handouts with short excerpts from the Gospel of Mark to read, translate, and discuss in class.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read out a text in Koine Greek with confidence and enjoyment;
- demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the basic grammatical structures of Koine Greek (declension of the definite article, first and second declension nouns, adjectives, and personal pronouns; conjugation of verbs in the present, imperfect, and future indicative; use of prepositions; attributive and predicative positions);
- have some insight into the stylistic and linguistic features of the Gospels (and in particular of the Gospel of Mark);
- have some insight into the history of the transmission and preservation of the New Testament.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners who seek a fast-track gateway into the language of the New Testament in order to quickly start reading unadapted passages from the Gospels while learning Koine Greek grammar. If you have studied Classical Greek in the past but need a thorough revision of the grammar in order to read the New Testament, this course will definitely be suitable for you.
As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and take part in group discussions on readings/exercises/grammar points.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it also aims at a high level of student interaction. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and do between 1 and 4 hours of homework per week (depending on whether they have studied a classical language before).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Complete New Testament Greek: Teach Yourself
by Gavin Betts
New UK edition: July 2010
The teacher will provide additional handouts with brief excerpts from the Gospel of Mark.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
New Testament Greek beginners: module 2.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details