Greek Exegetical Method 1

Thomas K. Dailey

Tuesday 9:45am-1:00pm

Greek Exegetical Method 1 focuses on two major elements of the exegetical process: textual criticism and syntax. Textual criticism is the process by which the original wording of the Greek NT is determined. Syntax is an extension of Greek grammar that moves from the basics of word-level analysis (lexis, morphemes, and inflection) to the analysis above the level of an isolated word (collocation, phrases, clauses, and discourse level). The course will utilize 1 John as a practice text to apply the skills learned in the course. (3 credit hours)

Students giving requisite attention to the course requirements and actively participating in the course discussions, translation, and vocabulary, will:
1) Master vocabulary words that occur 28 or more times in the Greek NT.
2) Understand the significance of syntax in general and how the following syntactical topics influence the meaning of the text: a) Aktionsart vs. verbal aspect, b) the genitive case, c) adverbial participles, d) deixis, e) Colwell’s Rule, f) Granville Sharp's Rule, g) verbs of perception/communication, and h) discourse use of conjunction and tense.
3) Develop greater proficiency in reading the Greek NT (specifically John’s Letters) including assessing the textual witnesses found in the textual apparatus.

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Course Textbooks


Greek Ex Method 1 - Wallace  Greek Ex Method 1 - Nestle-Aland   



Course Requirements

  • 15% - Reading
  • 30% - Bateman Workbook
  • 20% - Vocabulary
  • 15% - Textual Criticism
  • 20% - Syntax Quizzes