BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible.



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit commences with an introduction to the Greek alphabet with particular emphasis on the identification of vowels, diphthongs and breathing signs. This knowledge is then applied in identifying syllables in Greek words.

The system for detailing verbs is described in terms of the following components: tense, voice, mood, person and number. Instruction is then given on how to parse verbs by identifying each of the components. This system is then illustrated using verbs with a present tense, active voice and indicative mood.

Throughout the unit there is a steady increase in the number of Greek words learnt. This vocabulary is learnt in a standard lexical format with both nominative and genitive forms noted for nouns.

The method of detailing nouns is described in terms of the following components: gender, number, and case. Emphasis is placed upon the function of the vocative, nominative, genitive, dative and accusative cases. Illustration of the different cases occurs with second declension nouns (masculine and neuter nouns).

First declension nouns are studied with exceptions to the standard feminine gender noted. Adjectives and articles are explored along with the rules of agreement for all three genders. Differences in translating adjectives that are in the attributive or the predicate position are explained.

Prepositions and their different functions according to case are examined. The paradigm for the present tense is completed via explanation of the middle voice, passive voice, deponent verbs, the verb “to be”, and the infinitive.

The use of personal pronouns is explored including their emphatic and intensive use. Near and distant demonstrative pronouns are also explained.

The imperfect, future, first aorist and second aorist, and perfect tenses are detailed in active, middle and passive voices. Deponent and infinitive forms are also noted. Third declension nouns are discussed and compared with first and second declension nouns.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include: lectures and tutorials; weekend schools; class discussions; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, OHP, DVD, video and audio tape and on-line interaction. Students also learn by personal study and preparation of translation assignments.

Unit offerings

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.