Winter 2010

FSW - Phoenix







DESCRIPTION: This three-quarter course will cover the basics of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to enable the student to begin study of the New Testament in Greek. Various linguistic tools will be discussed as aids in translation. Emphasis will be placed on readings in the New Testament itself to supplement the exercise in the grammar.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: One of the most basic elements in interpreting the text of the New Testament is understanding the language in which it is written. Students who successfully complete this year should, with the use of various resources, be able to consult the Greek text as a part of the exegetical task, and should be able to evaluate critical theological and exegetical positions which purport to be based on some feature of the Greek text.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this three quarter track each student will demonstrate the ability: (1) to read aloud in the Greek language and to write legibly in its standard script; (2) to recognize a basic vocabulary and set of forms; (3) to understand its basic grammar and syntax; (4) to use the standard exegetical tools in translating and analyzing the original language.


COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet for ten sessions for three and one half hours for quizzes, discussion of prepared assignments, informal lectures, and reading of New Testament passages, for a total of 35 contact hours.



Š     Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd edition. University of Chicago, 2000. ISBN: 0226039331.

Š     Mounce, William. Basics of Biblical Greek. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 0310250870.

Š     Mounce, William. Basics of Biblical Greek: Workbook. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 0310250862.

Š     Nestlé-Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th Edition. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelsgesellschaft, 1993. ISBN: 3438051001.



Š     Black, David Alan. It’s Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

Š     Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1984.

Š     See the Biblical Division bibliography “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program” available at and in the FSW office.



1.   Class Participation, including weekly assignments and quizzes. (20%)

2.   Midterm Exam (40%)

3.   Final Exam. (40%)




RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in Greek (GRK) when 3 quarter sequence is successfully completed; MAT: Elective; MACL: None.


FINAL EXAMINATION: Take-Home Examination.


This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.