New Testament Greek 1

THL101 / THL417

This foundational subject develops the competence needed to begin to read the New Testament in Koine (Common) Greek. It does this by introducing students to the basic grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. The subject draws attention to the significance of New Testament Greek for biblical and theological study.


One Semester


Semester 1 every year

Subject Points



This subject can be your core language subject or an elective if you already have a language subject completed.

Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.



Jeremy Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd Ed. Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 9780521755504

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Prescribed Texts

4 small quizzes 5% each

2 exams (mid-semester and end of semester) 30 % each

1 translation assignment 20 %



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Greek alphabet

  • Greek vocabulary

  • Nouns

  • Prepositions

  • Greek article

  • Adjectives

  • Pronouns

  • Thematic verbs

  • Beginning translation (from Greek to English)

  • The value of New Testament Greek for biblical and theological study

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic Greek grammar;

  • be able to demonstrate the acquisition of a significant amount of the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament;

  • be able to translate relatively simple passages from the Greek New Testament into English;

  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of New Testament Greek for further biblical and theological study; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning.