Course Description

Fall 2020 (Section A):

Welcome to New Testament Greek. This is the first of two courses that provide an introduction to the basic elements of Greek grammar and vocabulary as a foundation for reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament. Both courses are based primarily on Bill Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (4th edition). This first course covers material up to Chapter 21, including the noun system and the present, future, and imperfect verbs.

Fall 2020 (Section B):

Welcome to New Testament Greek.  This purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the basic elements of Greek grammar and vocabulary as a foundation for reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament.  The student will be asked to memorize thoroughly the vocabulary and word-form paradigms in each chapter of the textbook and learn the grammatical constructions as they are presented. 

The course closely follows the outline of Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (4th edition), with some modifications that will be noted as we go. 

Since reading the Greek NT is our objective, a firm grasp of vocabulary and grammar in the initial stages is essential. To facilitate steady and incremental learning, daily quizzes and written assignments are required. The ultimate goal, of course, is to enjoy and deepen our understanding of the text itself. However, as C.S. Lewis wrote in one of his sermons, “This will not, for most of us, happen in a day; poetry replaces grammar, gospel replaces law, longing transforms obedience, as gradually as the tide lifts a grounded ship.” 

Please note: This section of LANG 550 will begin on Friday, September 4 with a “Meet and Greek” class that will run from 9 a.m. until 11:00 am. Students should read Chapters 1-5 in the textbook and learn the Greek alphabet before they attend class if at all possible. An additional class will be held on the day before classes officially begin at Regent: Tuesday, September 8 from 9:30 – 10:50 am. Note also that there is a homework assignment from the workbook due on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. If you are unable to attend the class on those dates, please contact the instructor. There will be no class on Thursday, October 1st.

Summer 2020:

Learn the foundational vocabulary, morphology, grammar, and syntax you need in order to translate large portions of the Greek New Testament by the end of the summer. The pace is rapid and the workload is heavy, but many students find the immersion experience to be richly rewarding.

Live only: This course will be delivered through a live digital classroom only. You must view and participate in the class in real time. Classes will not be recorded.

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Additional Info

Maximum Enrollment: 25 students

Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Fall 2020. Recordings of each class in Section A only of this course will be made available on the course Moodle site for 48 hours after the class. If you are not able to attend the live sessions due to living in a distant time zone, you must appeal to the Senior Academic Administrator ([email protected]) for permission to take the course by using the recordings. 

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