First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek

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In light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is with great regret we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek. It is extremely disappointing and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope to run this course next year.

For more information please contact the event organiser


This fun and informal 5 day course aims to build confidence with the alphabet and language of the New Testament. Throughout the course we will be working closely with the Greek New Testament and you will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to read simple sentences and clauses from it.

The course will be particularly useful for those wanting to read the primary sources (New Testament, Septuagint, Church Fathers) in their original language or scholarly works where Greek terms and passages are cited. Although the emphasis will be on the later form of Greek (koine) used by the New Testament authors, much of the course can be directly applied to other forms of Greek and would therefore be helpful for historians wanting an introduction into Classical Greek.

Alongside learning the language we will also have a number of excursive sessions. These will include:

  • The scribe and manuscript in the life of the New Testament.
  • “Are we sure it originally said that?” On which Greek text are our English New Testaments based?
  • “Is that what it really means?” - Translation or interpretation?
  • How to enhance your textual study by using open-access, online Bible study tools (a tremendous resource for Bible study and commentary writing!).
  • How would you?’ problem sessions – YOU take the hot-seat and decide the best way to translate a problematic text.

The structure of the course assumes no previous knowledge of foreign languages.  Those who attended last year’s course may wish to book for the final three days only.

  • £150 or £30 per day
  • External students - £120 or £25 per day
  • Newman alumni - £75 or £15 per day
  • Newman staff and unwaged £50 or £10 per day
  • Newman students – Free (£10 donation for workbook and materials)

Booking is essential


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