Pre-2013 Unit Code:
MDiv Type of Study:
This unit is designed to consolidate and develop the language skills gained in AL8000U and AL8500U: New Testament Greek A and B. The unit concentrates on using these skills for the purposes of translation, textual analysis and exegesis. The first half of the unit focuses on translation of a variety of passages from the Greek New Testament and on the role of textual criticism in New Testament study. The second half of the unit focuses on translation of Paul s letter to the Galatians and on the exegetical issues that are raised by engagement with the Greek text of the letter.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate enhanced understanding of Greek grammar, building on skills and knowledge acquired in pre-requisite units.
- Translate portions of the New Testament with the help of lexical aids, including the whole of Paul's letter to the Galatians.
- Articulate and use the basic principles of textual criticism, and identify the main families of manuscripts and textual traditions for the New Testament.
- Use their knowledge of Greek grammar to exegete New Testament texts.
AL8000U New Testament Greek A AL8500U New Testament Greek B or equivalents
Mode of Teaching:
Lectures / Seminars
Weekly workload - Class:
Weekly workload - Personal:
Weekly translation exercises (equivalent of 1,500 words)
1 x 1,500 word exegetical seminar paper
1 x 2,500 word essay on an aspect of textual criticism, translation theory or Greek grammar
* = set texts recommended for purchase
Aland, Kurt and Barbara Aland. The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Translated by Erroll F. Rhodes. Grand Rapids / Leiden: Eerdmans / Brill, 1987.
Betz, H. D., Galatians. Hermeneia; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979.
Danker, Frederick William, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Dunn, J. D. G., The Epistle to the Galatians. Blacks; London: A&C Black, 1993.
Ehrman, Bart D. and Michael W. Holmes, eds. The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research. Vol. 46 of SD. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
Longenecker, R. N., Galatians. WBC 41; Dallas: Word, 1990.
Martyn, J. L., Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. AB 33A; New York: Doubleday, 1997.
Metzger, Bruce M. and Ehrman, Bart D. The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. 4th ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 2005.
Moule, C. F. D., An Idiom Book of New Testament Greek. 2nd ed; Cambridge: CUP, 1959.
Parker, David C. The Living Text of the Gospels. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Porter, Stanley E., Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed; BLG 2; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1994.
* Wallace, Daniel B., Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.