Academic Programs 

Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part II    (LG-562)
Winter/Spring 2009

The focus of this introductory course, which assumes that students have completed (LG-561 or the equivalent), 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 4:30-6:50 p.m., beginning Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

There will be no class during Reading Week, April 6-10, 2009.

Edward F. Duffy
Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield, CT

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500


Course Syllabus

The Aim of the Course
The focus of this introductory course 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. Class presence and participation. (In language study, missing even one class could make catching up extremely difficult.)
  2. Weekly memorization and quizzes.
  3. Weekly translation assignments.
  4. Two exams: one on Week Seven (March 10) and one at final class (May 5).

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

January 27, 2009 Review Chapter 15, First Aorist

Week Two
February 3, 2009 Review Chapter 16 : Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative

Week Three
February 10 Review Chapter 17: Aorist and Future Passive Indicative

Week Four
February 17 Review Chapter 18: Third Declension: Liquid and Mute Stem Nouns

Week Five
February 24 Review Chapter19: Third Declension: Vowel Stem and Neuter Nouns

Week Six
March 3 Review Chapter 20: Present and Future Participles

Week Seven
March 10 Review Chapter 21: Aorist Active and Middle Participles. Midterm Examination

Week Eight
March 17 Review Chapter 22: Aorist Passive Participles

Week Nine
March 24 Review Chapter 23: The Perfect and Pluperfect Tenses

Week Ten
April 7 – No Class, Reading Week

Week Eleven
April 14 Review Chapter 24: Subjunctive Mood

Week Twelve
April 21 Review Chapter 25: Imperative Mood

Week Thirteen
April 28 Review Chapter 26: Contract Verbs

Week Fourteen
May 5 Review Chapter 27: Pronouns and Chapter 29: Verbs of the mi conjugation

Final Examination

Reading Schedule: The chapter/s listed above are to be read in advance of each class.
Assignment Due Dates: (as listed above) It will be desirable to schedule one additional class, beyond those listed above – at the convenience of class members and instructor.

Required Texts:

  1. Title: Essentials of New Testament Greek Author: Ray Summers, revised by Thomas Sawyer Publisher: Broadman and Holman, Nashville Tennessee, 1995ISBN: 0-8054-1001-5
  2. Title: (Nestle-Aland) Novum Testamentum Graece Editors: Eberhardt and Erwin Nestle, Kurt Aland, current publisher: American Bible Society 2001ISBN 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 EditionAuthor: 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 1996ISBN: 88-7653-588-8

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