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 Koine Greek grammar.
What will we cover?
We shall be using Gavin Betts’ Complete New Testament Greek, 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 8 and aim at completing Unit 10 – though the pace of the course may vary depending on the students’ progress.
During this module we shall introduce interrogative and indefinite pronouns; demonstrative pronouns; reflexive and reciprocal pronouns; the pronoun a¿t¿¿, a¿t¿, a¿t¿ and its uses; possessive pronouns and adjectives; relative pronouns (as well as the dependent clauses introduced by relatives). We shall continue our study of ‘third declension’ nouns, introducing stems in vowel; we shall also familiarise ourselves with ‘third declension’ and ‘first and third declension’ adjectives. As far as verbs are concerned, we shall become acquainted with the middle and passive voices, and we shall introduce the notion of ‘deponent’ verbs. Finally, we shall examine the construction of direct/indirect questions and direct/indirect statements in Greek texts.
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;
– recognise, translate and inflect a variety of pronouns (interrogative and indefinite; demonstrative; reflexive and reciprocal; a¿t¿¿, a¿t¿, a¿t¿ in its various functions; possessive; and relative);
– recognise and translate relative clauses;
– master vowel stem nouns of the ‘third declension’;
– master ‘third declension’ and ‘first and third declension’ adjectives;
– recognise, translate and inflect verb forms in the middle and passive voices;
– show familiarity with ‘deponent’ verbs;
– show a good understanding of the construction of direct/indirect questions and direct/indirect statements in Greek texts;
- 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 students who have completed the second module of New Testament Greek Beginners. Note that this course has been designed for students 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.
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?
Each class will entail frontal instruction; whole class discussions and brainstorming; and some pair and team work. You must be prepared to dedicate between one and three hours per week to read through a few paragraphs from the grammar textbook and/or translate short sentences from the Greek New Testament, which will then be discussed in class. Note that you will constantly need to revise on your own any new grammar topic that has been introduced in class, as this is a fast-paced course and there will be limited time for revision and consolidation tests.
Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, self-assessment forms, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Complete New Testament Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding New Testament Greek with Original Texts (Teach Yourself series) by Gavin Betts, in either the 2010 or 2018 edition.
The teacher will provide additional handouts when necessary.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
New Testament Greek intermediate: module 1.