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Overview

Would you like to hear and read the New Testament in the language in which it was originally written? Have you ever thought of learning New Testament Greek but were afraid that you were just not clever enough? Would you like to spend five days this summer having fun with a group of like-minded people as they begin to discover an old language that shaped the world?

First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek is a fun and informal 5 day course that introduces you to Koine Greek (the type of Greek used by the writers of the New Testament). It assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of the language and will begin with the alphabet. We will work as close as possible to New Testament texts (including working from some manuscripts) and by the end of the course you will be able to read simple sentences from the New Testament. 

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.

Learning a language… plus a whole lot more

The aim of this course is not simply about language acquisition, but to create an awareness of the many, sometimes overlooked, aspects of learning an ancient language.

Alongside learning the language, we will also have sessions that explore the world in which NT Greek was used and find out how those writing and copying the manuscripts worked. In this way we begin to discover the interrelationship between the language and the society/ies in which it was used and how understanding one can help us to understand the other.

As the week progresses you will become aware of the difficult, but important, role of the translator. These will include ‘HOT-SEAT’ sessions, where you decide the best way to express a clause or phrase from the New Testament. The week ends with us taking stock of what we have all learnt and, with your newly acquired knowledge, practically exploring the process of translation and what makes a good translation.

Costs

General public - £150 or £30 per day

External students - £125 or £25 per day

Newman alumni and returners -  £50 or £10 per day

Newman staff and unwaged - £50 or £10 per day

Newman students – free (£10 donation for workbook and materials)

Further information

Please contact Dr Richard Goode on r.goode@staff.newman.ac.uk or Jane Allcroft on ALLC300@newman.ac.uk for further information about the course.

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