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Spring 2011
FSW – Phoenix


LG512C: BEGINNING GREEK C.  Chris Schutte.



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-course track each student will be enabled to (1) read aloud in Greek; (2) generally identify the varied nouns and pronouns; (3) generally to parse the "regular" verb forms; (4) generally recognize the "irregular" verb forms; (5) understand enough grammar to read a basic narrative text in Greek; (6) generally identify subjects, adjectives, direct and indirect objects, prepositional phrases, and adverbs, in a Greek text; (7) use a lexicon to amplify an understanding of words and to find unfamiliar words; (8) use a reference grammar to investigate grammatical and syntactical issues; (9) understand the challenges, purposes, and value of learning Greek.


COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet for ten sessions of 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.



       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. $165.00.

       Black, David Alan. Its Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. ISBN: 0801021812. $21.99.

       Mounce, William. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar: Second Edition.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003, (Includes CD-ROM, 2003, by Teknia Software, Inc.).  ISBN: 0310250870. $41.99.

       Mounce, William. Basics of Biblical Greek: Workbook: Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 0310250862. $22.99.

       Nestl-Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th Edition. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelsgesellschaft, 1993. ISBN: 3438051001, $40.99, regular sized print edition. (ISBN: 3438051036, large-print edition, $69.99)

       Wallace, Daniel B.  Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.  ISBN: 0310218950. $44.99

       Parker, Tom. Expanded Course Syllabus.



       Aland, Kurt and Aland, Barbara. translated by Errol F. Rhodes. The Text of the New Testament.  2nd ed. revised and enlarged. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989. ISBN: 0802840981

       Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies: Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996. ISBN: 0801020867

       Kubo, Sakae. A Reader's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1980. ISBN: 0310269202



1.      Weekly Quizzes (20%)

2.      Take-home Mid Term Exam (40%)

3.      Take-home Final Exam (40%)




RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M.Div.: GRK (when 3 quarter sequence is successfully completed); 

                  MAT: Elective; MACL: None.




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