Academic Programs 

 Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part I (LG-561)
Fall 2004

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.  Students will begin reading selected passages of the New Testament. 


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.  

Doreen McFarlane, PhD.

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500

Course Syllabus

Class will meet: Thursdays 4:30-6:50 p.m., September 16th - December 16th, 
with the exception of  week 10 which we will schedule for a time agreed upon by all. There will be no class Thursday November 25th - Thanksgiving Day.    

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.


Course Requirements

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. You may contact Dr. McFarlane by telephone, mail, or email, (see above) to have a copy sent to you by mail.

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. 28th) and one at final class (Dec 16th).  


Assessment Criteria

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.


Week One

September 16, 2004      Chapters One, Two, and Three

Week Two

September 23, 2004      Review
        Chapters Four and Five

Week Three

September 30th             Review
Chapters Six and Seven                  

Week Four

October 7th                   Review
Chapters Eight, Nine and Ten

Week Five             

October 14th                 Review
Chapters Eleven and Twelve

Week Six

October 21st                 Review
Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen  

Week Seven

October 28th                 Review
                               Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen
Midterm Exam

Week Eight

November 4th             Review
Chapters Seventeen, Eighteen, and Nineteen                

Week Nine

November 11th           Review
Chapter Twenty, Twenty One, and Twenty Two 

Week Ten

Week of November 18 (We will need to reschedule this class together)

Chapter Twenty Three and Twenty Four

Week Eleven

November 25th            Thanksgiving Day No Class

Week Twelve

December 2nd             Review
Chapter Twenty Five, Twenty Six, Twenty Seven

Week Thirteen

December 9th             Review 
Chapter Twenty Eight and  Twenty Nine

Week Fourteen

December 16th           Review
Chapter Thirty and Thirty One

Reading Schedule: The chapter/s 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. 28th) and one at final class (Dec 16th).  


Required Texts:

1.  Title: Essentials of New Testament Greek
     Author: Ray Summers, revised by Thomas Sawyer
     Publisher:  Broadman and Holman, Nashville Tennessee, 1995
     ISBN: 0-8054-1001-5

 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.
    ISBN: 0-943575-45-1

2. Title: A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament
Prepared by: Editrice Pontifico Istituto Biblio, Roma, Italy 1996
    ISBN: 88-7653-588-8



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