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BL-301/501 Elementary Greek I

Fall Trimester, Modules 1-2
September 4 – December 11, 2018
Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Professor: Thomas A. Rohm, M.Div., D.D.

(619) 379-2870 (cell)

Course Description
A study of the basic elements of Koine Greek, including vocabulary, accidence, and syntax. The
student learns to read simple passages in the Greek New Testament. Trimester, 3 units

Professor’s Comment
The Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew and Greek, not English. Therefore, it greatly
benefits the serious student of God’s Word to invest time in thoroughly and methodically
studying the original languages. “No toil is too great if by means of it men are enabled to
understand more exactly the mind of Christ.” – A.T. Robertson, A Grammar of the Greek New

• 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who

does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

You can learn Greek if you want to learn Greek. Effort, discipline, and perseverance are the
keys. You will never regret having put in the effort to master this elementary course in the
language of the New Testament. “The original languages well deserve your pains, and will richly
repay them.” – John Newton

Required Textbooks – Please note the word “Required.” These are the required books for
the course; no substitutions will be permitted. Used books are permitted. Kindle is

1. Analytical Lexicon of New Testament Greek, Revised and Updated by Maurice A. Robinson
and Mark A. House (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2012). ISBN:
9781598567014 ($27.97)
2. The Greek-English New Testament: Nestle-Aland 28th Edition – English Standard Version
(Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2012). ISBN: 9781433530319 ($35.00)

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Please Note: Textbooks can be purchased on any on-line source. In order to get your books
before classes begin, it is your responsibility to order the texts at least one month prior to
the start of classes. Regrettably, Greek-English translations of the New Testament are
notorious for having a wide disparity in price, depending on source. Shop around; do not
pay more than $35.00. The titles can be confusing also. Be sure you search for the exact title
listed above.

3. Student Learning Outcomes / Course Objectives Masters’ SCS Student

The student who successfully completes this course will Program Outcomes**
be able to . . . Goals*
1. Be able to name by memory the letters of the Greek 1 1,4
2. Be able to distinguish cases and declensions of nouns. 1 1,4
3. Have developed a Greek vocabulary of 200 of the 400 1 1,4
most often used words in the Greek New Testament.
4. Have learned many of the inflectional forms dealing with 1 1,4
the Greek tenses, voices, and moods of verbs in the Koine
5. Have learned to diagram the basic syntax of the Greek 1 1,4
sentences both from Summers and from the Greek New
6. Be able to explain parts of speech and their function 1 1,4
within their phrases, clauses, and sentences.
7. Be able to distinguish verbal tense, voice, mood, person, 1 1,4
and number in all verbs studied.
8. Have become familiar with the history of the Greek 1 1,4
language as it applies to the New Testament.
* The goals for Masters’ Level program are found on page 79 of the College Catalog.
** The student outcomes for SCS are found on page 2 of the College Catalog.

Methods of Instruction
1. Lecture with classroom discussion.
2. Diagramming selected Greek sentences on the board with explanation and instruction by the
professor with student interaction.
3. Weekly quizzes.
4. Special assignments.
5. Final exam.

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Course Requirements
1. Attend all class lectures. (Please note that classes begin precisely at 4 P.M. Part of
building and maintaining the discipline required to learn Greek is being on time for class
every week. Make a conscientious commitment to be a diligent student throughout our
2. Complete all assigned translation and diagramming exercises as required, including special
3. Keep a 3-ring notebook with all exercises and quizzes assigned and handouts distributed in
class. This notebook may be called for at any time by the professor for evaluation. It must
be presented to the instructor for evaluation at the end of the 14th session and again at the
end of the semester.
4. Take all required quizzes and final exam.

Please Note: Your Name and Box Number must appear on all assignments handed in!

Sequence of Instruction
Read the table like this, “At Session ____ on _________, the scheduled session content is
_________, and the assignment due that session is ________.”

Session Date Session Content Assignment Due

1 9/4/18 • Introduction to class. This assignment (with the

• Explanation of syllabus. exception of the quiz, which will be
taken in class) is due on the first
• Greek alphabet.
day of class.
• Pronunciation.
• Instruction from Rohm (Clear ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet.
and Plain), chapters 1 and 2.
❑ Read chapters 1 and 2 in Rohm
• Importance of Diagramming. (Clear and Plain).
• Introduction to lesson 3. ❑ Familiarize yourself with your
Analytical Lexicon (a lexicon is a
specialized dictionary).

Slight changes in the weekly

Session Content and
accompanying Assignment Due
listed in the syllabus will occur as
the professor analyses the progress
of the class.

2 9/11/18 • Lesson 3: The Greek verb. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

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Session Date Session Content Assignment Due

• Introduction to history of the Vocabulary Quiz 1.

Greek language.
• Alexander the Great.
• Introduction to diagramming.
• Instruction and discussion of
English grammar, parts of
• The movable nu.
• Introduction to lesson 4.

3 9/18/18 • Lesson 4. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 2.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.
❑ Note: It’s Time To Order All
Textbooks For Next Module!

4 9/25/18 • Lesson 5. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 3.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

5 10/2/18 • Lesson 6. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 4.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

6 10/9/18 • Lesson 7 ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

• SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT Vocabulary Quiz 5.
(TBA). ❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

7 10/16/18 • Lesson 8. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 6..
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.


8 10/30/18 • Lesson 9. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 7.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

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Session Date Session Content Assignment Due

9 11/6/18 • Lesson 10. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 8.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

10 11/13/18 • Lesson 11. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 9.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

11 11/20/18 • Lesson 12. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 10.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

12 11/27/18 • Lesson 13. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

Vocabulary Quiz 11.
❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

13 12/4/18 • Lesson 14. ❑ Quiz on Greek alphabet and

• PREVIEW OF TRIMESTER Vocabulary Quiz 12.
FINAL. ❑ Diagramming of verses assigned.

14 12/11/18 • Lesson 15. ❑ TRIMESTER FINAL.


Student Evaluation

Weekly Quizzes ................................................. 40%

Weekly Exercises (Diagramming) ..................... 40%
Special Assignment ............................................ 10%
Final Exam ......................................................... 10%

Grade Scale
The final course grades are not given out until three weeks after the course is finished. A student
will not be given their final grade unless the course has been paid for in full.

Grade Percent Grade Percent

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A = 95–100% C = 77–79%
A- = 92–94% C- = 74–76%
B+ = 89–91% D+ = 72–73%
B = 86–88% D = 70–71%
B- = 83–85% D- = 68–69%
C+ = 80–82% F = Below 68%

Other Helpful Information

Attendance Policy
For Semester Courses (42 hours / 14 weeks), more than 10 minutes late is a Tardy, more than 20
minutes late is an Absence. Two tardies = one absence. You are permitted two absences for a 14-
week semester course.

Late Course Work Policy

No late work will be accepted with a passing grade. Late work will be given 50% of the earned
total points.

Academic Integrity
Southern California Seminary expects its students to be “above reproach” in their personal and
academic lives (1 Timothy 3:2-7). If evidence of academic dishonesty is discovered, the Dean of
the program with the Director of Student Affairs will investigate the matter and apply discipline.

Plagiarism is treating another person's work as one's own. It includes taking another's words,
sentences, ideas or outlines without giving proper credit to the source, including that of copying
from other students. One who aids another student in plagiarism is likewise guilty of the same
deception and will receive an academic penalty. The minimum penalty is failure of the paper;
test, etc. where the deception occurred. The maximum penalty is dismissal from school.

Cheating is never tolerated at SCS, and any student caught cheating will be disciplined
accordingly. The discipline may result in suspension or expulsion from the program.

Course Bibliography
• Arndt, William F. and Gingrich, F. Wilbur. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New
Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (A translation and adaption of the fourth
revised and augmented edition of Walter Bauer’s Griechisch-Deutsches Worterbuch zu
den Schriften des Neuen Testaments und der ubrigen urchristlichen Literatur). Chicago:
The University of Chicago Press, 1979.
• Blass, F. and A. Debrunner. A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early
Christian Literature, translated by Robert W. Funk. Chicago: Chicago Press, 1961.

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• Burton, Ernest De Witt. Syntax of the Moods and Tenses in New Testament Greek.
Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, (Reprint of the Third Edition) 1900.
• Dana, H.E. and Mantey, Julius R. A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament.
Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, 1955.
• Grassmick, John D. Principles and Practice of Greek Exegesis. Dallas Theological
Seminary, 1976.
• Kubo, Sakae. A Reader’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Grand Rapids:
Zondervan, 1975.
• Mounce, William D., Basics of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993.
• Perschbacher, Wesley J. The New Analytical Greek Lexicon. Peabody: Hendrickson,
• Robertson, A.T. A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical
Research. Nashville: Broadman, 1934.
• Summers, Ray. Essentials of New Testament Greek. Nashville: Broadman & Holman,
• Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan,

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