New Testament Greek: language and texts

Level 5 - DT2003

This course allows students at Level 5 to develop the linguistic skills in koiné Greek needed to move beyond the basic textual interpretation involved in the Level 4 course Reading the New Testament.

The course will focus on Mark 8-10 and John 18-21 and will equip you for a more detailed exegetical study of substantial portions of New Testament text at Level 6, for example, in Texts in Greek: John and Romans.

Topics covered

  • The Greek alphabet
  • Verbs
  • Nouns
  • The definite article
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Conjunctions
  • Pronouns
  • Asking questions
  • Translating the prescribed texts.


Forum participation (10%) and a three-hour unseen written examination (90%).

Tutor in New Testament Greek

Dr Stefano Salemi

Dr Stefano Salemi

Dr Stefano Salemi is a scholar of biblical studies, languages, and theology. He has doctorates in both Old Testament/Hebrew (King’s College London) and New Testament (Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Apulia). He has been a Research Fellow at various universities including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Jerusalem. He has taught at the University of Oxford, at Kings College London, and at other universities. His interests include: biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, Hebrew and Greek languages and semantics, biblical and systematic-historical theology, reception history, and intertextual studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in the New Testament). He is author of a book on Christ’s death in John (2014), and on Hebrew semantics and Ezekiel (forthcoming).