Advanced Greek Language Tools – NGRK 511

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An enhancement and development of the exposure to Greek word formation, the verbal system, and syntax. Emphasis is placed on developing skills for the use of various linguistic helps in performing Greek language word studies (semantic range studies and semantic domain studies). Pragmatic use of Greek for Bible exposition is emphasized.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

As students of the Scriptures and ministers of the Gospel, it is imperative, as John Wesley has said, “not only to explain books which are written therein but to defend them against all opponents” through a mastery of the original languages. This course continues the exploration of the language of the New Testament in order to better comprehend its message for life and ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define select Greek vocabulary words.
  2. Employ Greek language tools in the syntactical analysis of a Greek text.
  3. Create a block diagram of the Greek text of a passage.
  4. Exegete a New Testament passage with awareness of the significant features of the Greek text.
  5. Assess the data in New Testament exegetical commentaries based upon the features of the Greek text.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Exegetical Passage Selection

The student will submit a selection of a passage for their exegetical paper from an approved list of passages. The passage will be used for the exegesis paper as well as the discussion board forums, block diagram, and syntax analysis paper.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.

Block Diagram

The student will submit a block diagram of the Greek text of the passage selected for the exegetical paper. The Greek text should be taken from the NA27/28, UBS4/5, or SBLGNT text. The diagram must analyze the phrases and clauses of the passage by using the block diagramming method from Thornhill’s Greek for Everyone.

Syntax Analysis Paper

The student will submit a syntax analysis paper of selected Greek words from the passage selected for the exegetical paper. The Greek text should be taken from the NA27/28, UBS4/5, or SBLGNT text. The analysis must parse and analyze significant terms from the passage using the categories given in Thornhill’s Greek for Everyone as well as the readings in Beale et al, Harris, and any other supplemental resources necessary.

Exegesis Paper

The student will write a 10-12 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on explaining the contextual meaning of the passage utilizing the tools, methods, and resources described in Thornhill’s Greek for Everyone as well as the readings in Merkle and Plummer’s Greek for Life. The paper must include at least 10 scholary sources in addition to interacting with the Greek text.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

The Vocabulary Review Quiz will cover the "Words Used 500 Times or More" list in Metzger's Lexical Aids. This quiz will be closed-book/closed-notes, multiple choice, and have a 30-minute time limit and is graded on participation rather than accuracy.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s), including appropriate vocabulary sections from Metzger’s Lexical Aids. Each quiz/ will be closed-book/closed-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30 minute time limit.