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New Testament Greek

Multnomah University offers one of the finest Greek programs in the country. Designed for long-term retention, our program focuses on helping you acquire a solid grounding in Greek by reading as extensively as possible. Whether pursuing Greek Studies as a career or simply for personal enrichment, you will never regret the time you spend learning Greek and the insights it gives you into the biblical text. 

The Basics of the MU Greek Program

Whether you want to take one year of Greek or make it your major concentration, this program is designed to help you become an informed reader of the text. Two years of Greek form the backbone of our program with additional advanced course offerings.

  • First-year Greek Grammar - Learn the basics of Greek grammar and translate passages from the New Testament.
  • Second-year Greek Reading & Syntax - Translate portions of Mark and Philippians with a focus on reading and strengthening your knowledge of Greek vocabulary and syntax.
  • Second-year Greek Exegesis - Learn to find and express the meaning of a text through exegesis and thoughtful translation of Galatians or Ephesians.
  • Greek Rapid Reading - Read extensively from the Greek New Testament texts with grammatical analysis of the text and an introduction to textual criticism (analysis of variant readings to determine the original wording of the text).
  • Patristic Greek Reading - Read passages from a number of important Greek-speaking Church Fathers with a focus on translation and discussion of classical Christology and Trinitarian theology.
  • Readings in the Septuagint - Read from the Septuagint (LXX) with emphasis on the LXX as the earliest written interpretation of the OT books.
  • Classical Greek Literature - Translate Classical Greek texts (e.g., Sophocles, Homer, Herodotus, Plato) in order to enhance Greek translation skills and appreciate the broader context of Greek literature.

Additional Graduate Electives (Seminary Only)

  • Exegesis of NT Quotations - Analyze NT quotations of the Hebrew with the goal of discovering NT authors' hermeneutical and theological outlook.
  • NT Exegesis Seminar - Translate selected NT texts with attention to exegetical analysis and special interpretive concerns.
  • Jesus Studies Seminar- Translate a selected canonical gospel with attention to exegetical analysis and contemporary scholarship in Jesus studies.

What can you do with a background in Greek?

  • Personal understanding of the Bible - The majority of students use their training to gain personal insight into the biblical text and to enhance their ministry.
  • Bible Translation - Some students go on to work with organizations like Wycliffe Bible Translators.
  • Careers in teaching - Some pursue graduate degrees in preparation for careers in teaching.

Our students are excited about the classes we offer and find they can easily begin advanced work at other institutions or continue learning on their own. Regardless of your goals, you will never regret the time you spend learning Greek and you will always appreciate the insights it gives you into the biblical text.

Meet Your Professors

  • Dr. Al Baylis Dr. Al Baylis Professor of Bible and Theology, Th.M. Program Director, Biblical Languages
  • Dr. Karl Kutz Dr. Karl Kutz Biblical Languages Chair, Bible and Biblical Languages
  • Dr. John Terveen Dr. John Terveen Professor of New Testament and Greek, MABS Program Director

fall 2014 greek Courses:

lecture

GRK111 (02) Greek Grammar I Mr. Brinton Hinz
GRK111 (R1) Greek Grammar I Mr. James Slavin
GRK351 (02) Greek Reading & Syntax Dr. John Terveen
GRK413 (R1) Greek Rapid Reading I Mr. Brandon Evans
GRK413 (01) Greek Rapid Reading I Dr. Rex Koivisto
GRK423 (01) Classical Greek Literature Mr. Daniel Christiansen