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BIBS131 Introductory New Testament Greek Language 1

A reading-based beginners’ paper covering the basic elements of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary, designed to develop reading skills in New Testament Greek.

The paper is designed to give students a basic knowledge of New Testament Greek, enabling them to read simple texts and to use dictionaries and commentaries. No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed.

Paper title Introductory New Testament Greek Language 1
Paper code BIBS131
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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BIBX 131
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student can study Theology whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Dr Gillian Townsley

Teaching staff

Dr Gillian Townsley

Paper Structure

The paper works through part of a textbook and incorporates study of short sections of the Greek New Testament.

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

Campus: Three one-hour lectures per week.
Distance: Three one-hour lectures per week. Distance students participate in the campus classes via Zoom. Students who are unable to join classes can watch recordings at a later time.


Required: Duff, J. (2005). The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
It is essential that students have this book.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes of this paper are:

  • To acquire the main principles of New Testament Greek grammar
  • To learn a broad core of vocabulary comprising the most frequently used words in the New Testament
  • To read and understand selected texts from the Greek New Testament

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22