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Greek Language Tools
NGRK-505

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/10/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the biblical Greek alphabet, word formation, the verbal system, and syntax. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the use of concordance and lexicons, as well as the use of various linguistic helps and differing English translations. (Formerly NGRK 506)

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Many ministers struggle with study and sermon preparation. They need help in deeply understanding biblical texts. Resources to help with exegesis and with the original language are expensive and sometimes intimidating to use. This course will help students make the most of the resources available, so they can study the meaning of God's word very deeply. The word study and exegesis skills gained will help students to become more effective preachers and teachers of God's word. It will help them to develop the skills and habits that make an effective preaching/teaching ministry possible.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the letters of the Greek alphabet and select Greek paradigms.
  2. Define select Greek vocabulary words.
  3. Explain the basic steps involved in exegesis.
  4. Employ Greek language tools in the process of interpretation.
  5. Exegete a New Testament Passage.
  6. Apply the results of exegesis in a contemporary setting.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Blomberg, Craig L., and Jennifer F. Markley. A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.

Brown, Robert K., and Philip W. Comfort, trans. The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament. 4th ed. Edited by J. D. Douglas. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 1993.

Thornhill, A. Chadwick. Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. There will be 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students about relevant current course topics. Each student must post 1 thread in accordance with the Discussion Board Forum instructions posted in the Course Content area, consisting of at least 400 words of original content. Each student must post 2 replies of at least 200 words each. (C, D, E, F)

Passage Selection Quiz

Students will select an approved passage from the list below and notify the professor by completing the Passage Selection Quiz in Module 1.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
  • Colossians 1:13-20
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Romans 3:21-26
  • Romans 8:1-8
  • Philippians 2:1-11

Block Diagram Part 1 and Part 2

Each student will construct a block diagram of their exegesis passage. The goal of this exercise is to diagram the relationships of clauses to each other, which helps clarify the main point and supporting points of a passage of Scripture. A block diagram is constructed through engaging various Greek language tools, and it provides a solid exegetical foundation upon which to construct a sermon or Bible study. Since this assignment requires the student to analyze the passage’s grammatical structure, the student must use a formal equivalent translation such as the ASV, CEV, ESV, KJV, NASB, NRSV, REB, or RSV. The student will be introduced to the method and tools needed to produce a block diagram. There will be 2 parts to the block diagram assignment, with Part 2 building upon Part 1. Each part will be turned in for grading. Block diagrams must be constructed in a MS Word document. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (C, D, E)

Literary Context Essay

Each student will write a 400-500-word exegetical essay describing the literary context of their selected passage. This essay will demonstrate the methods explained in the assigned reading. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (C, D, E)

Historical Context Essay

Each student will write a 400-500-word exegetical essay describing the historical context of their selected passage. This essay will demonstrate the methods explained in the assigned reading. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (C, D, E)

Word Study

Each student will complete a word study on a significant word in their selected passage. The word study will focus on correct method, sound conclusions, and relevant sources for consultation. Students will describe the results of their word study in a 400-500-word exegetical essay. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (B, C, D, E)

Exegetical Analysis of Selected Passage

Each student will write a 1800-2200-word exegetical essay showing engagement with the Greek text of their selected passage by using relevant Greek language tools. This assignment will build upon the insights, observations, and conclusions of the exegetical assignments in previous modules/weeks of this course. The purpose of this assignment is to draw out the meaning of the selected passage of Scripture, incorporating grammatical analysis, lexical analysis, comparison of translations, and evaluation of scholarly conclusions about various details of the selected passage. Students will need to engage with at least 7 scholarly secondary sources, consisting primarily of exegetical commentaries and peer-reviewed journal articles. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (D, E)

Application Essay

Each student will write a 400-500-word exegetical essay discussing how to faithfully apply their selected passage in a contemporary setting. This essay will demonstrate the methods explained in the assigned reading. Students should consult the detailed instructions for these assignments in the Course Content area. (C, F)

Quizzes (3)

Three closed-book/closed-note quizzes will be completed in this course of study. These quizzes will take the form of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. The quizzes will cover the material in the assigned reading and key vocabulary. Each quiz includes 30-51 questions, which must be completed in 1 hour, and can be taken up to 3 times. (A, B, C)

Module Reflection Questionnaires (8)

Students will complete a questionnaire at the end of each module. These questionnaires will ask students to report their perceptions of the course content and learning activities during that module. Although these questionnaires are required, each student will receive full credit for completing each questionnaire regardless of the responses.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Passage Selection Quiz

5

Module Reflection Questionnaires (8 at 5 pts ea.)

40

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 40 pts ea.)

80

Block Diagram Part 1

50

Literary Context Essay

75

Historical Context Essay

75

Word Study

100

Block Diagram Part 2

100

Exegetical Analysis of Selected Passage

200

Application Essay

95

Quizzes (3 at 60 pts ea)

180

Total

1010

Course Policies

Style Guidelines

All assignments for this course are to be formatted in accordance with the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide. Discussion assignments and essay examinations may use the parenthetical citation style. All other written assignments should use the footnote citation style. Supplemental writing aids are available via the Online Writing Center.

Extra Credit

No additional “for credit” assignments will be permitted beyond those given in the course requirements stated above.

Course Changes

Course requirements are subject to change by the administration of the University at any time with appropriate notice.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Additional Items

Program Learning Outcomes for NGRK 505

NGRK 505 supports the following academic programs in the Rawlings School of Divinity:
Master of Arts (Biblical Exposition)
Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy

 

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the 2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found:

 

2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog (https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=41704

Schedule

NGRK 505

Textbooks: Blomberg & Markley, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis (2010).

Thornhill, Greek for Everyone (2016).

Module/ Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Blomberg & Markley: Introduction, ch. 2

Thornhill: pp. xi-xii, chs. 1, 15, 4

 

Course Requirements Checklist

Passage Selection Quiz

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

Module 1 Reflection Questionnaire

10

5

40

60

5

2

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 4

Thornhill: chs. 2, 3

Block Diagram Part 1

Literary Context Essay

Module 2 Reflection Questionnaire

50

75

5

3

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 3

Thornhill: chs. 5, 6, 7

Historical Context Essay

Quiz 2

Module 3 Reflection Questionnaire

75

60

5

4

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 5

Thornhill: chs. 8, 9, 10, 17

Word Study

Module 4 Reflection Questionnaire

100

5

5

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 6 (reading up to the examples, which are optional)

Thornhill: chs. 11, 12, 13, 14

Block Diagram Part 2

Module 5 Reflection Questionnaire

100

5

6

Blomberg & Markley: none

Thornhill: none

Exegetical Analysis of Selected Passage

Module 6 Reflection Questionnaire

200

5

7

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 9

Thornhill: ch. 18 (read up to "Application")

DB Forum 2

Quiz 3

Module 7 Reflection Questionnaire

40

60

5

8

Blomberg & Markley: ch. 10

Thornhill: ch. 18 (read from "Application" to the end of the ch.)

Application Essay

Module 8 Reflection Questionnaire

95

5

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.