We have an embarrassing wealth of English resources to help us read and interpret the Bible, making it possible to interpret Scripture well without learning the languages it was originally written in. But studying Greek enables you to grow in your understanding of the biblical text and the context in which it was written, and to get the most out of detailed commentaries. This subject will help you find answers to questions like: Why might we favour one Bible translation over another? and, How can we determine which of two or three interpretations is the most convincing? The study of Greek vocabulary and grammar will also give you insight into cross-cultural issues, focus and improve your comprehension of a passage, and help structure your sermons and Bible studies.
Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the current dates on when this subject is offered.
note: LA005 used to be offered as a summer intensive prior to 2023 but is now is now a semester one unit, with LA006 a semester two unit.
|Workload||12 credit points||12 credit points|
|Status||Elective (Core for MDiv students)||Elective (Core for MDiv students)|
|Prerequisites||You cannot take LA002 with or after LA005.||You cannot take LA002 with or after LA005.|
|Teacher||Andrew Malone||Mark Simon|
Enrolment should be completed as early as possible. Please arrive on day one having obtained your text, able to pronounce and write the Greek alphabet, and having read and digested the section on English grammar 240-249. A song to help you with the alphabet is here.
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this subject.