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New Testament Greek (A)

This unit provides a basic introduction to Biblical Greek. It introduces students to the elementary grammar and vocabulary of Koine Greek and aims to develop the ability to translate portions of the Greek New Testament with suitable lexical aids.

Offered: Refer to Timetable
Delivered: Centre for Theology & Ministry, Parkville 3052
Pre-session: 10am-3pm, 8 February

Undergraduate: Level 1
Postgraduate: Level 8

Discipline: Humanities/Biblical Studies


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key grammatical aspects of Koine Greek.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of Koine Greek vocabulary.
  3. Translate selected portions of the Greek New Testament.
  4. Apply a degree of understanding of Greek in reading and employing critical commentaries. and for postgraduates
  5. Critically evaluate sample translations of the New Testament Greek texts.


Class exercises (equivalent to 1250 words) 30%
Vocabulary and grammar tests (equivalent to 1250 words) 30%
Exam 40%

Select Bibliography:

Aland, K. Greek New Testament. Stuttgart: United Bible Society, 5th.ed, 2014.
Aland, K. and B. The Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1989.
* Black, David Alan, Learn to Read New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. B&H Academic, 2009.
Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
Finegan, J Encountering New Testament Manuscripts. A Working Introduction to Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans, 1974.
Metzger, B. M. The Text of the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Metzger, B. M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. London: United Bible Societies, 4th revised edn, 1994.
Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek: Grammar. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
Porter, S. E., Jeffrey T. Reed and Matthew Brook O’Donnell. Fundamentals of New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
Robinson, Maurice A. and Mark A. House, Analytical Lexicon of New Testament Greek, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 2012.

*Required Text