1st semester: Wednesday 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 1500 words total (40%); one two hour exam at the end of the semester equivalent to 2000 words (60%)


BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase

*A major German-English dictionary, either

Collins German Dictionary. Complete and unabridged. 8th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2013.


Oxford-Duden German Dictionary. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2005.

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, 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: Adelaide University Press, 1971.

*Wilson, April. German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German. Rev. ed. New York: Peter Lang, 2007 or 2015.

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.