Foundational unit                                                                                              (Min. No.8)

1st semester: Tuesday evening



This unit introduces students to the study of biblical Greek. It includes a brief history of the language, a detailed study of the morphology and syntax of selected New Testament passages, and an introduction to textual criticism.



Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. translate from selected passages of the Greek New Testament, amounting to about six chapters
  2. demonstrate familiarity with broadly representative vocabulary and style
  3. demonstrate knowledge of Greek morphology and syntax
  4. show basic grasp of text-critical principles and practice
  5. utilise effectively commentaries and academic literature which work from the Greek text.
  6. begin applying Greek language skills to the exegetical and hermeneutical tasks


Weekly written tests equivalent to 3000 words (40%); final three hour written exam (60%)


BIBLIOGRAPHY *set text recommended for purchase

Aland, Kurt, et al., eds. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. New York, NY: United Bible Societies, 1993.

Brooks, James A., and Carlton L. Winbery. Syntax of New Testament Greek. Washington, DC: University of America Press, 1979.

*Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Metzger, Bruce Manning A. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. 4th ed. London: United Bible Societies, 1994.

Moule, Charles Francis Digby. An Idiom-Book of New Testament Greek. 2nd ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 1959.

Mounce, William D. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

———. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

Porter, Stanley E. Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 1994.

Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar beyond the Basics. An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.