Academic Programs 

Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part I    (LG-561)
Fall 2006

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: 
Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., beginning September 12

Edward F. Duffy
Adjunct Professor of New Testament Greek

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500


Course Syllabus

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 in Lesson I of the New Testament Greek for Beginners, (second edition), by J. Gresham Machen, available in the bookstore.

2. Class presence and participation.  In language study, missing even one class can make catching up extremely difficult.

3. Weekly memorization and quizzes.

4. Weekly translation assignments.

5. Two exams: one on Week Seven (October 24) and one at the final class (December 12).

Assessment Criteria

Work will be graded according to the Hartford Seminary Grading Guidelines. 

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

Week One
September 12, 2006    Chapter One: Alphabet
Chapter Two: Accent
Chapter Three: Present Active Indicative

Week Two
September 19, 2006    Review
Chapter Four: Nouns - Second Declension
Chapter Five: Nouns - First Declension

Week Three
September 26, 2006    Review
Chapter Six: First and Second Declension Adjectives

Week Four
October 3, 2006          Review
Chapter Seven: Masculine Nouns of the First Declension

Week Five
October 10, 2006        Review
Chapter Eight: Enclitics. Personal Pronouns

Week Six
October 17, 2006        Review
Chapter Nine: Demonstrative Pronouns

Week Seven
October 24, 2006        Review
Midterm Exam

Week Eight
October 31, 2006        Review
Chapter Ten: Present, Middle, and Passive Indicative

Week Nine
November 7, 2006      Review
Chapter Eleven: Imperfect Active Indicative

Week Ten
November 14, 2006    Review
Chapter Twelve: Imperfect Middle and Passive

Week Eleven
November 28, 2006    Review
Chapter Thirteen: Future Active and Middle Indicative

Week Twelve
December 5, 2006       Review
Chapter Fourteen: First Aorist Active and Middle Indicative

Week Thirteen             Review
December 12, 2006     Chapter Fifteen: Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative

Week Fourteen            Review
December 19, 2006     Final Exam

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 (October 24) and one at final class (December 19).

Required Texts:

1. Title: New Testament Greek for Beginners (note: the book, not the workbook)
Author: Arthur Machen, revised by Dan G. McCartney
Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2004
ISBN: 013184234X

Suggested Texts:

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) ISBN: 3438051001

3. Title: Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament
Prepared by Barclay M. Newman, Jr.
Publisher: American Bible Society 1971.


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