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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 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturer: Dr Katie Marcar
Paper Structure
The paper works through part of a textbook, as well as introducing the student to a short section of John's Gospel.
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: three lectures per week.
Distance: three lectures per week, via a desktop videoconferencing programme which is available free of charge. Students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them at a later time.
The required textbook is: Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge: CUP, 2005
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
  • To translate simple sentences from English to Greek.

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First Semester

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

First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 19-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22