Aim of the Course
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
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. You may
contact Dr. McFarlane by telephone, mail, or email, (see above) to
have a copy sent to you by mail.
Class presence and participation. (In language study, missing even
one class could make catching up extremely difficult.)
Weekly memorization and quizzes.
Weekly translation assignments.
Two exams: one on Week Seven (Oct. 27th) and one at
final class (Dec 15th).
will be graded according to the Hartford Seminary Grading
Guidelines. These will be distributed to students at the beginning
of the semester.
final grade will consist of the compilation of the following:
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.
September 15, 2005
Chapter One: Alphabet and sounds of Greek.
Two: Pronunciation and Accents
Three: Present Active Indicative
Four: Nouns – Second Declension
Five: Nouns – First Declension
Six: First and Second Declension Adjectives
Seven: Greek Sentence
Nine: Personal Pronouns
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Ten: Demonstrative Pronouns
Chapter Eleven: Present, Middle and Passive Indicative
twelve: Imperfect Active Indicative
Chapter thirteen: Imperfect Middle and Passive
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fourteen: Future Active and Middle Indicative
fifteen: First Aorist Active and Middle Indicative
Sixteen: Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative
chapter/s listed above are to be read in advance of each class.
Due Dates: (as
memorization and quizzes.
short exams: one on Week Seven (Oct. 27th) and one at
final class (Dec 15th).
Essentials of New Testament Greek (note:
the book, not the workbook)
Author: Ray Summers, revised
by Thomas Sawyer
Publisher: Broadman and Holman,
Nashville Tennessee, 1995
Title: (Nestle-Aland) Novum Testamentum Graece
Editors: Eberhardt and Erwin Nestle, Kurt
current publisher: American Bible Society
(original publisher: Deutsche
Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1898, 1979
and ISBN: 3438051001)
Title: Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament
Prepared by: Barclay M. Newman, Jr.
Publisher: American Bible Society
Title: Mastering Greek Vocabulary, Second Revised
Thomas A. Robinson
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody
Mass. 1990, 1991.