THL417 New Testament Greek 1 (8)


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.

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Session 1
InternalCanberra Campus
InternalUnited Theological College
Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Theology students only
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL101 THL101 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic Greek grammar
  • be able to recognise 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
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning


The 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

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. The purpose of this residential school is to introduce students to the study of New Testament Greek, with a focus on learning the Greek alphabet, basic vocabulary, introductory grammar and simple translation work.

Instructional activities will include lectures, guided spoken exercises, class exercises and simple assessment tasks.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.