Biblical Greek: Part 3 – Multiple Languages


Working knowledge of biblical Greek is critical to understanding and translating the New Testament. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced learner, lessons 34–52 of this certificate program can help you become a fluent reader of biblical Greek by providing the resources, system, and motivation you need to learn efficiently, retain effectively, and develop fluency during every stage of the language learning process. The goal is not to just learn and retain Greek but to be able to actually use it!

Certificate Learning Objectives

  • Vocabulary: Words learned—456 content words (for a total of 1,248 words; also excludes grammatical words)
  • Language Skills:
    1. Reading proficiency: Be able to read narrative Bible texts without the aid of a dictionary and with a fair degree of fluency (about 100 words per minute)
    2. Writing proficiency: Can construct complex sentences and write simple stories
    3. Listening proficiency: Can listen to and understand narrative Bible texts without the aid of a dictionary 
    4. Speaking proficiency: Can construct complex sentences and tell simple stories
  • Grammar Knowledge:
    1. Morphology: Final forms are covered that are necessary for reading the Bible, including irregular active, middle, and passive verbs; all contract verbs; working knowledge of most conjunctions; coverage of the more difficult and rare nominal and adjectival patterns.
    2. Syntax: Working knowledge of how constituent order may affect pragmatic meaning; ability to produce rare non-standard sentence types (optatives, exclamatives, complex infinitives)
    3. Semantics: Knowledge of the semantics of verbal categories, including tense, aspect, mood, and modality; knowledge of the semantics of cases and rarer nominal functions; different interpretations of scalar adjectives; knowledge of the functions of rarer particles, prepositions, and conjunctions

Note: These skills will vary from student to student, depending on whether they concentrate on speaking, writing, listening, or reading. There are opportunities to practice all of these skills within the application, but it is up to the students to focus on what they deem to be most necessary.

Before registering for this course, you will need to have completed Biblical Greek: Part 1 and Part 2 to interact and identify with the material discussed in this course.


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