This course comprises an introduction to Hellenistic (Koiné) Greek that is designed to prepare the student for reading the Greek New Testament with linguistic aptitude, as well as developing a cultural intelligence pertaining to the ancient people and history that gave rise to the biblical text. Students will explore and investigate linguistic theories and ideas related to the script, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, as well as evaluate and compare differences and similarities that exist between the Ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish cultures and our own contemporary culture.
This course will not only encourage students to develop a foundational proficiency that aids in their life-long inquiry into the Greek New Testament and the cultures from which it ensued; but will also enable and encourage the creative application of fruit born from such a study into the life of the student in a manner that results in “skillful Christian living”.
Cross-listed: RELS 235. (3-0; 3-0)