1st semester Thursday evening                                                                          (Min. No. 8)



This unit is an introduction to German for Theological and Biblical studies. It will introduce students to the morphology and syntax of the language, vocabulary and skills in translating selected passages.





Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
  1. translate simple sentences from German theological/biblical literature to English
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of German vocabulary, in particular of theological and exegetical terminology
  3. demonstrate an understanding of German morphology and syntax
  4. use German dictionaries effectively.



Weekly tests (equivalent to 1000 words total) (40%); One two hour exam at the end of the semester (60%)



*Books recommended for purchase

Coles, Waltraud, and Bill Dodd. Reading German: A Course Book and Reference Grammar.

Oxford: OUP, 1997.

Manton, J. D. Introduction to Theological German: A Beginner’s Course for Theological

            Students . London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1971.

Mosse, Walter M. A Theological German Vocabulary: German Theological Key Words

            Illustrated in Quotations from Martin Luther’s Bible and The Revised Standard

            Version. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2006.

Siliakus, M. A. 500 German Theological Terms and Their Translations Together with 500

          Useful Phrases. Adelaide, 1971.

* Wilson, April. German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German. Rev. ed.

New York: Peter Lang, 2007.

Ziefle, Helmut W. Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary. Grand Rapids, MI:

Baker Books, 1997.

———.Dictionary of Modern Theological German. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1991.


* A major German-English dictionary, either:

Collins German Dictionary. Complete and Unabridged. 7th ed. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 2007.


Oxford-Duden German Dictionary. Edited by the Dudenredaktion and the German Section of the Oxford University Press Dictionary Department. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005


Lecturer     JANINA HIEBEL