The goal of this course is to develop a basic familiarity with Koine Greek as it is represented in the books of the New Testament. By the end of this course you will:
This course will prepare students for a more critical engagement with New Testament exegesis.
- have a basic understanding of the Greek sentence, including the case system;
- have a strong familiarity with the morphology of the Greek verb;
- be familiar with some of the most common or important Greek lexemes from the New Testament;
- and, finally, be able to read and interpret select passages from the New Testament in their original language.
Learning a new language opens up new worlds and new ways of thinking. The New Testament has been a sacred text for Christian communities for centuries, and the biblical text continues to have a place in public discourse, informing not only religious communities but politics, society, literature, art and culture. This course will help you gain a basic understanding of the ancient Greek language found in the New Testament, known as Koine. Knowledge of Greek is a critical tool for interpretation of the biblical text and, moreover, for engaging with the long history of interpretation from theologians, scholars, church historians, among others. By the end of the course you will be able to read several passages from the Gospels, letters, and other passages in their original language, adding nuance and deeper understanding to the messages contained therein. The course comprises a brief overview of the most important aspects of Greek grammar and familiarizes you with the most common Greek terms. The ability to read the New Testament in Greek will open up a panoply of exegetical and interpretive avenues, applicable both for personal enjoyment and reflection as well as for academic study in a number of fields, including (but not limited to) history, literature, and theology.|