Greek Exegetical Method 1

Thomas K. Dailey

Thursdays 9:30am–12:45pm

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 grammar applied to word relationships, and how those relationships change the meaning that words have in isolation. Subsequently, syntax moves beyond word level analysis (morphemes and morphology) and focuses on phrases and clauses. The course will utilize 1 John as a practice text to apply the skills learned in the course. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Greek Grammar 2

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 25 or more times in the Greek NT.
2) Understand the significance of the following syntactical topics: a) Functional categories associated with the Greek case system; b) the impact of E. C. Colwell and Granville Sharp on definiteness and identity respectively; c) the distinction between Aktionsart and verbal aspect; d) the use of Aktionsart terminology associated with the Greek verbal system; and e) the diverse functions related to the Greek participle and infinitive.
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% – Translation and Syntax
  • 20% – Vocabulary
  • 15% – Textual Criticism
  • 20% – Syntax Quizzes