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Fall 2012-Spring 2013/FSNW



LG512A/B/C: BEGINNING GREEK. Renee A. Williams.

DESCRIPTION: This is three-quarter sequence covering the basics of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. It will 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 exercises in the grammar.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The student will be prepared to do basic exegetical work—translating and analyzing the Greek text and interacting with commentaries—in subsequent classes and in preparation for preaching and teaching.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing all three quarters of LG512 will have demonstrated the ability to: 1. Read aloud in Greek and write legibly in its standard script; 2. Recognize basic vocabulary, forms, grammar, and syntax; 3. Generally identify the varied nouns and pronouns of the language; 4. Parse “regular” and recognize "irregular" verb forms in the language; 5. Understand enough grammar to read a basic narrative text in the language; 6. Generally identify subjects, adjectives, direct and indirect objects, prepositional phrases and adverbs when they read a text; 7. Use a lexicon to amplify their understanding of words, find words they do not know, and to use a reference grammar to investigate grammatical and syntactical issues that they do not understand.

COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet three hours weekly for quizzes, discussion of prepared assignments, informal lectures, and reading of New Testament passages. There will be a total of 30 class hours for the quarter. Limited to 25 students per session.


Aland, K., et al. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. United Bible Societies, 1993 [UBS4] (ISBN: 978-3438051103; $43.99); or Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012 [NA28] (ISBN 978-3438051400, $40.99). Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1993 [NA27] (ISBN: 978-3438051004; $40.99) is also allowed.

Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd edition. University of Chicago, 2000. 1108pp. ISBN: 978-0226039336. $165.00.

Black, David A. Learn To Read New Testament Greek. B & H Publishing Group, 2009. ISBN: 9780805444933. 272pp. $29.99.

Kubo, S. A Reader's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Zondervan, 1975. 327pp. ISBN: 9780310269205. $29.99.

For additional materials necessary in the full range of bible courses; texts, lexicons and grammars, consult the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program" available at www.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/032/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html and in the FNW office.


Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary of the Greek New Testament. UBS, 1995. ISBN: 978-3438060105. $37.99.

Louw, Johannes P., and Eugene A. Nida, eds. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains. UBS, 1988. ISBN: 978-0826703422.

Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Zondervan, 1997. ISBN: 9780310373407. $39.99.


  1. Prepare weekly assignments for discussion and handing in (20%).
  2. Prepare for weekly quizzes (20%).
  3. Take-home Mid-Term Exam (20%).
  4. Take-home Final Exam (40%).


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: The completed three-quarter sequence LG512A/B/C meets the MDiv core requirement in Greek (GRK).

FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes. Take-home examination.

NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.