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: Prior to 2023, the on-campus unit LA005 was structured as a February intensive, while on-campus LA006 ran from March to October. From 2023 onwards, on-campus LA005 is a standard semester one unit, and LA006 is a standard 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 as there is some preparatory work required for both modes of study.
For students undertaking Greek LA005 online, you need to (a) obtain the textbook, (b) be able to pronounce and write the Greek alphabet – explained in chapter 1 of the textbook, and (c) read and digest the section on English grammar pages 240-249. A song to help you with the alphabet is here.
For students undertaking LA005 on-campus, please start your preparation by early February. There are detailed instructions at the Unit Bibliography page here. If you do not yet have access to My.Ridley please contact the lecturer directly 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.