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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32875 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

This course is designed to give intermediate and advance students experience and facility with elements of koine (or Hellenistic) Greek as employed in the earliest Christian literature, the letters of Paul. The class will focus on reading and translating the Greek of Paul's letters with grammatical and syntactic analysis. Readings will survey the range of Pauls letters from earlier to later periods. Some will be read as a whole; others only in part to sample the flavor of language and composition. In addition students will be introduced to critical issues in Pauline letter formation in the light of Greek epistolography and common papyrus letters from the period. Students will also be introduced to the tools for study of Pauline language and context, e.g., concordance, textual criticism, and contextual lexical aids. Intermediate students (GK 328) will be expected to complete an additional lexical project (ca. 5 pp.) analyzing semantics of Pauls letters in the light of contemporary usage. Topics & Format to be discussed in class. For Advanced students (GK 362) there will be a paper (ca. 10 pp.) comparing Pauls language and style with other Hellenistic Greek writings, especially in Greek Epistolography. Topics & Format to be discussed in class. Grading Class preparation: reading/analysis 20% Quiz average 20% Mid-term Exam 20% Paper/project 20% Final Exam 20%


Novum Testamentum Graece, ed. by Nestle & Aland, et al. (27th edition; Stuttgart t: Deutsche Biblegesellschaft, 1993) H. Schmoller, Handkonkordanz sum Neuen Testament (revised ed.; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1994). C.F.D. Moule, An Idiom Book of New Testament Greek (2nd ed.; Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1960). An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon founded upon the 7th edition of Liddell and Scott's Greek English Lexicon (Oxford: Clarendon, 1889; repr. 1997).


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