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Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part I   (LG-561)
Fall 2009

The focus of this introductory course, which assumes no prior knowledge of the Greek language, is on the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Students will begin reading selected passages of the New Testament.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., beginning Sept. 15


Edward F. Duffy
Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield, CT

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9500
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Course Syllabus




Class will meet: Tuesdays 4:30-6:50 p.m., September 15th - December 15th, There will be no class Tuesday November 24th - Reading Week.

The Aim of the Course
The focus of this introductory course, which assumes no prior knowledge of the Greek language, is on the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. As the course progresses, students will begin reading selected passages of the New Testament.

Course Requirements

  1. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that the student arrive at the first class already having learned and practiced writing the letters of the Greek alphabet. This alphabet can be found on page 2 of the required textbook, Essentials of New Testament Greek, Revised, by Ray Summers, revised by Thomas Sawyer.
  2. Class presence and participation. (In language study, missing even one class could make catching up extremely difficult.)
  3. Weekly memorization and quizzes.
  4. Weekly translation assignments.
  5. Two exams: one on Week Seven (Oct. 21st ) and one at final class (Dec 9th).
    Assessment Criteria
    Work will be graded according to the Hartford Seminary Grading Guidelines. These will be distributed to students at the beginning of the semester.

The final grade will consist of the compilation of the following:
Class participation 10%
Weekly Quizzes 20%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

Ground Rules:
Students who must be absent should contact the professor in advance of the class if at all possible, and are required to be caught up with the rest of the class within two weeks at latest. Assignments should be returned on time, but no more than one week late. Students must be present for the two exams. In case of health related emergencies, arrangements may be made to write the exams later, at a time convenient to the professor, but no more than ten days after the scheduled time for the exams.

CLASS MEETING SCHEDULE
Week One

September 15, 2009 Chapter One: Alphabet and Sounds of Greek; Chapter Two: Pronunciation and Accents; Chapter Three: Present Active Indicative

Week Two

September 22, 2009 Review Chapter Four : Nouns of the Second Declension

Week Three

September 29th Review Chapter Five: Nouns of the First Declension

Week Four

October 6th Review Chapter Six: First and Second Declension Adjectives

Week Five
October 13th Review Chapters Seven and Eight : Greek Sentence Structure and Prepositions

Week Six
October 20th Review Chapter Nine: Personal Pronouns

Week Seven
October 27th Review Chapter Ten: Demonstrative Pronouns Midterm Exam

Week Eight
November 3rd Review Chapter Eleven: Present, Middle and Passive Indicative

Week Nine
November 10th Review Chapter Twelve: Imperfect Active Indicative

Week Ten
Week of November 17thReview Chapter Thirteen: Imperfect Middle and Passive Indicative

Week Eleven
November 24th No Class – Reading Week

Week Twelve
December 1st Review Chapter Fourteen: Future Active and Middle Indicative

Week Thirteen
December 8th Review Chapter Fifteen: First Aorist Active and Middle Indicative

Week Fourteen
December 15th Review Chapter Sixteen: Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative

Final Examination

Reading Schedule: The chapter/s listed above are to be read in advance of each class.
Assignment Due Dates: (as listed above)
Weekly memorization and quizzes. Weekly translation assignments.Two short exams: one on Week Seven (Oct. 27th) and one at final class (Dec. 15th).

Required Texts:

  1. Title: Essentials of New Testament GreekAuthor: Ray Summers, revised by Thomas Sawyer Publisher: Broadman and Holman, Nashville Tennessee, 1995ISBN: 0-8054-1001-5
  2. Title: (Nestle-Aland) Novum Testamentum Graece Editors: Eberhardt and Erwin Nestle, Kurt Aland, current publisher: American Bible Society 2001ISBN 3438051087 (original publisher: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1898, 1979 and ISBN: 3438051001)
  3. Title: Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, Prepared by: Barclay M. Newman, Jr. Publisher: American Bible Society 1971

Suggested Additional Texts

  1. Title: Mastering Greek Vocabulary, Second Revised EditionAuthor: Thomas A. Robinson Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody Mass. 1990, 1991.ISBN: 0-943575-45-1
  2. Title: A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament Prepared by: Editrice Pontifico Istituto Biblio, Roma, Italy 1996ISBN: 88-7653-588-8

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