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New Testament Greek in a Week
- Course Dates: Mon 27 July 2015, 9:15 am to Sat 1 August 2015, 3:30 pm
To read the New Testament in the language of the Apostles is to discover the text afresh, unencumbered by the expectations of translation.
The Greek of the New Testament is distant from today’s English both linguistically and culturally. The poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings, wandering rabbis and provincial governors. A time when the rich and powerful held sway and an itinerant preacher and his disciples turned the world upside down.
If you have ever wondered what lies behind the text of an English Bible, why different Bibles translate the text in different ways or wanted a better understanding of the Greek terms theologians love to toss about this course could be for you.
No prior knowledge of Greek, Latin or any other language is needed. The emphasis throughout is upon reading the New Testament with fragments of the NT being translated in the very first session until, by the end of the week, students are tackling extended narratives from gospels and letters.
This six-day intensive course includes evening teaching and a leisurely siesta after lunch.