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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory New Testament Greek Language 1
    Subject Biblical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
    Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

    Semester 1

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