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.
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. 23rd ) and one at final class (Dec 11th).
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
September 11, 2007 Chapter One: Alphabet and Sounds of Greek; Chapter Two: Pronunciation and Accents; Chapter Three: Present Active Indicative
September 18, 2007 Review
Chapter Four : Nouns of the Second Declension
September 25th Review
Chapter Five: Nouns of the First Declension
October 2nd Review
Chapter Six: First and Second Declension Adjectives
October 9th Review
Chapters Seven and Eight : Greek Sentence Structure and Prepositions
October 16th Review
Chapter Nine: Personal Pronouns
October 23rd Review
Chapter Ten: Demonstrative Pronouns
October 30th Review
Chapter Eleven: Present, Middle and Passive Indicative
November 6th Review
Chapter Twelve: Imperfect Active Indicative
Week of November 13thReview
Chapter Thirteen: Imperfect Middle and Passive Indicative
November 20th Thanksgiving Day – No Class
November 27th Review
Chapter Fourteen: Future Active and Middle Indicative
December 4th Review
Chapter Fifteen: First Aorist Active and Middle Indicative
December 11th Review
Chapter Sixteen: Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative
Reading Schedule: The chapters 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. 23rd ) and one at final class (Dec 11th).
1. Title: Essentials of New Testament Greek
Author: Ray Summers, revised by Thomas Sawyer
Publisher: Broadman and Holman, Nashville Tennessee, 1995
2. Title: (Nestle-Aland) Novum Testamentum Graece
Editors: Eberhardt and Erwin Nestle, Kurt Aland
current publisher: American Bible Society 2001
ISBN 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 Edition
Author: Thomas A. Robinson
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody Mass. 1990, 1991.
2. Title: A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament
Prepared by: Editrice Pontifico Istituto Biblio, Roma, Italy 1996