Daniel Goepfrich, Th.M, D.Min
Greek and Hebrew
LANG1301 Intro to the Greek Language is a study of the basic elements of the language of the New Testament, including translation of selected New Testament texts.
Introduction to the Greek Language
Daniel Goepfrich, ThM, DMin
- PROFESSOR BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Daniel Goepfrich, an international conference speaker and author, is the Teaching Pastor at Oak Tree Community Church (South Bend, IN). He teaches Greek at Calvary University (Kansas City, MO) and Bible exposition for Word of Life International Bible Institutes. He is also Professor of Bible and Theology at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Hurst, TX) and Associate Professor of Greek and Hebrew for Colorado Biblical University (Fort Morgan, CO).
In 2017, he founded Theology is for Everyone (theologyisforeveryone.com) to produce biblically sound resources that everyone can use and understand. He is the author of Old Testament Chapter by Chapter, Volume 1 (2021), Biblical Discipleship (2020), New Testament Chapter by Chapter (2017), and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (2007) as well as several journal articles and multiauthor contributions.
Daniel and Saralynn have been married since 1997 and have three sons (two are married) and one daughter.
- COURSE DESCRIPTION
A study of the basic elements of the language of the New Testament, including translation of selected New Testament texts.
Module 1: Introduction to the course; the Greek alphabet
After introducing the course, students briefly explore the Koine Greek language and learn the alphabet.
Module 2: Greek pronunciation, transliteration, and reading
Building on module 1, students learn keys to pronunciation. We also learn how transliteration is used and why it is useful in study.
Module 3: Introduction to the Greek noun system (part 1)
In part one of the Greek noun system, students learn about nouns, the case system, and the definite article. Students will also learn how to parse nouns based on declensions and cases.
Module 4: Introduction to the Greek noun system (part 2)
In part two of the Greek noun system, students learn about adjectives, pronouns, and prepositions.
Module 5: Introduction to Greek word studies
Lexical studies are an important part of research, so students learn how to study the meanings of keys words in their context.
Module 6: Introduction to the Greek verb system (part 1)
In part one of the Greek verb system, students are introduced to verb tense, voice, and mood, with emphasis on the indicative mood. Students will also learn how to parse verbs by recognizing key morphemes.
Module 7: Introduction to the Greek verb system (part 2)
In part two of the Greek verb system, students learn about other verbal moods: subjunctive, infinitive, imperative, and participle.
Module 8: Introduction to the Greek verb system (part 3)
In part three of the Greek verb system, students learn about other verbal aspect and how that affects translation and interpretation. Discussion will include how aspect, tense, voice, mood, and Aktionsart work together.
Module 9: Introduction to phrasing, diagramming, and outlining
Phrasing and diagramming can be useful tools in studying pericopes of various lengths with the goal of determining the author’s thought flow, a requirement for creating an outline of a passage that can be used for sharing with others.
Module 10: Using the languages in Bible study and ministry
Having laid a foundation in the basics of the Greek of the New Testament, students learn principles and practices for using resources that engage directly with the Greek text. Attention is given to English Bible translations, commentaries, and technology.
III. COURSE TEXTBOOKS
Mounce, William D., Greek for the Rest of Us: The Essentials of Biblical Greek, Second Edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013), ISBN: 978-0310277101 Cost: $32.99
SBL Greek New Testament and reverse interlinear; download at https://sblgnt.com/download
Important websites to bookmark
NA28 / UBS5 Greek Bibles — https://www.academic-bible.com/en/online-bibles/novum-testamentum-graece-na-28/read-the-bible-text
Greek beta code converter — https://www.translatum.gr/converter/beta-code.htm
- LEARNING OUTCOMES
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
- Learn the Greek alphabet, the formation and pronunciation of Greek words, and how to use this knowledge to recognize and to look up words in original language resources for Bible study and interpretation. (VLO 1-5)
- Learn the elements of basic Greek grammar. (VLO 1-5)
- Develop understanding and study skills related to the importance of Koine Greek in the practice of Bible study. (VLO 1-5)
- Evaluate various methods for following the writer’s flow of thought in a passage. (VLO 1-5)
- Develop an understanding for why translations are different and the ability to make comparisons between translations. (VLO 1-5)
Program Competency Outcomes (PCOs)
Vyrsity Learning Outcomes (VLOs)
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
- Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
- Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their program, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
- Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
- Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective understanding the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.
- GRADING RUBRIC (1000 POINTS)
Module Assessments (50 points each x 10) 500 Points (Multiple Choice)
Course Content Assessment 250 Points (Multiple Choice)
Reading Content Assessment 250 Points (Multiple Choice)
- GRADING SCALE
VII. CARNEGIE UNIT CREDIT HOUR EQUIVALENT
Total Hours of Module Content: 20 hours
Total Hours of Reading Content: 10 hours
Total Hours of Minor Assessments: 10 hours
Total Hours of Major Assessment: 5 hours
Equivalent of 1 Credit Hour (45 hours of total course time)