Course Summary

The language of the New Testament, with illustrations of its usefulness to a study of the New Testament

This course includes an introduction to the Greek language, its basic grammar and vocabulary, and issues of translation and exegesis related to working with original biblical texts of the New Testament. The course is organized in 5 modules: (1) The System, (2) Grammar, (3) Sources, (4) Working with New Testament Texts, and (5) Translation, Exegesis, and Application. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit.


Identify characteristics of Greek pronunciation, punctuation, morphology, and writing (Module 1)

Identify and analyze vocabulary and parts of speech in Greek (Module 2)

Analyze characteristics of Greek transcripts and texts (Module 3)

Apply the rules of grammar to translate Greek texts (Module 4)

 Evaluate specific translations and exegesis of Greek texts (Module 5)

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations (Modules 1-3) and two research papers (Modules 4-5). A sample multiple choice problem is given below.

A smooth breathing mark (A) has no special sound in English, (B) indicates a feminine word, (C) indicates the letter under it is silent, (D) makes the word plural.


Essential reading and study materials are indicated in the syllabus through online links. Alternative texts may be substituted as these are nicely supplemented with the online videos linked appropriately in the course syllabus.  See also under Extended Resources.

Mounce, William D. Greek for the Rest of Us. 2nd ed. Zondervan, 2013. 320 pages. $23.43 ISBN: 978-0310277101

Course developed initially by Muhammad Wolfgang G. A. Schmidt, Ph.D., M.A., M.R.S., Th.D., D.C.E. (honorary)