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NT 501 A BIBLICAL GREEK II (HYBRID) ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Wednesday, 8:00-12:00, Ashland Winter 2014 John Byron Ph.D.

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NT 501 A (HYBRID) ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Wednesday, 8:00-12:00, Ashland Winter 2014 Office Phone: (419) I. Course Description This course trains students in the
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NT 501 A (HYBRID) ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Wednesday, 8:00-12:00, Ashland Winter 2014 Office Phone: (419) I. Course Description This course trains students in the principles of Greek grammar and challenges them to commit the fundamental framework of that grammar and a basic vocabulary to memory for ease of access to the Greek text of the New Testament. Further Description: The study of biblical languages provides opportunities for students to grow in many ways with respect to the four facets of responding to God s call as reflected by the ATS curriculum model. The skills developed in New Testament Greek contribute to the competency necessary for professional ministry, for preaching, for teaching, and for pastoral counseling, and for one s personal study of the Word of God. II. Student Learning Outcomes Students will encounter God s Word more directly and intimately than through translations in their first language. They will be challenged to develop and sharpen self-discipline and perseverance, while striving for excellence according to their Godgiven gifts. Students will come to appreciate that the Bible has come to us from distant times, places, cultures and languages, which in turn challenges us as we seek to answer and apply God s call to us in our time, place, culture and language. Whatever the specific form one s ministry takes, the student will need to find ways to practice the ministry of the Word by time spent in study of the Greek text(s), in the midst of competing demands of ministry and life outside vocational ministry. As a result of this course, students will be able to: Demonstrate COMPETENCE in the disciplines and skills relevant to Christian ministry. 1. Articulate the content and major theme of scripture used for the translation of portions of the Greek text. 2. Demonstrate increasing abilities in the Greek biblical language. This will include: To pronounce (read aloud) the Greek sentences in class To learn the assigned vocabulary each week To identify (decline) nouns, pronouns, and adjectives To recognize (parse) verb forms as assigned To translate Greek exercises, NT and LXX texts in class and on exams To analyze and evaluate English translations as acts of interpretation. By the end of the two-course sequence, students should be able: To translate longer portions of the Greek text (with the help of a lexicon and grammar). To gain access to scholarly literature (commentaries, etc.) which requires a working knowledge of Greek To prepare for serious exegetical studies of Greek Bible texts. 3. Integrate the biblical, historical, and theological reflection with the practice of ministry while translating longer portions of the Greek text Not Assessed in this course. III. Teaching Strategies for Student Learning This course uses the flipped classroom model. Rather than sitting through lectures in class and doing assignments outside of class, students will watch a video presentation of the lesson for the week (approx. 30 mins) and complete a series of practice exercises based on that lesson. When students attend class on Wednesday we will often begin with a short devotional lesson that includes attention to Greek as well as to reflection on a portion of Scripture, for personal application and prayer (30 mins). The class will then take time to answer questions about and reinforce the information from the video lesson (30 mins). The remaining portions of the class (90 to 120 mins) will focus on the translation assignment for the week. This method will allow for more interaction time between professor and student so as to improve comprehension and retention of the material. All class materials including video tutorials and weekly translation assignments will be located on the Ashland University Angel platform. Quizzes and other materials will be delivered in hardcopy form by the professor when the class meets. Students are expected to complete all assignments before each class session begins: this includes watching the video lesson, chapter readings, practice exercises, and the memorization of vocabulary. Always be ready to read aloud, to put your work on the board, and to hand in completed written assignments at the beginning of class, if asked. The learning environment of this course sequence will be collegial, not competitive. We are all called to be learners together at ATS; everyone is expected to model caring for each other. There will be times when work assigned must be done without help: please hold yourself to the letter and spirit of the ATS Academic Integrity Policy. IV. Course Requirements A. Required Textbooks and Materials 1 Story, J. Lyle and Cullen I.K. Story. Greek To Me. (Xulon Press, 2002): ISBN: X Parsing Practice and Sentence Translation Workbook for Greek to Me Translation Key For Greek To Me. 1 All materials are available from the Bookstore. Availability on Amazon and other outlets is very limited. Please note that these materials are the same as those required for Biblical Greek, thus there should be no additional expense in the second term. 2 The Greek Memory System Flash Cards The UBS Greek New Testament: Reader s Edition with Textual Notes (Greek Edition) Hendrickson Publishers; 4 th Revised edition (December 2010) ISBN: B. Attendance According to the student handbook, attendance at all class sessions is expected unless the professor has been notified in advance. Any student missing the equivalent of six class hours will be required to do additional work, receive a lower grade or withdraw from the class; this is at the discretion of the professor. This policy also includes tardiness. C. Assignments/Assessment of Student Learning 1. Students are expected to watch/attend all lectures, complete assigned readings, translation exercises and to learn the vocabulary listed at the beginning of each chapter. Additional translation homework may be given if deemed necessary.*note every effort should be made to learn new vocabulary words prior to the class.* 2. A take home quiz will be provided to the students at the end of each class. Students are expected to study for and then take the quiz without any assistance from textbooks, flash cards or other students. Consult with me if a situation arises that makes it difficult for you to take the quiz. Quizzes are due at the beginning of class on the following Wednesday. NO late quizzes will be accepted without prior approval. The professor may, at his discretions, require unannounced in class quizzes. 3. At the end of each chapter is a translation exercise. Students will begin the exercise in class and will complete any unfinished portions at home. You must correct your translation work with a red pen after you have finished the exercise. All completed/corrected translation exercises are to be submitted at the beginning of the next class. Please note that the translation key is provided for checking your work only. 4. A final exam will be given on Wednesday March 12, D. Calculation of Grade and Connection of Learning outcomes Assignments Learning Outcomes Percent of Final Grade Translation exercises: 1,3 30% Weekly quizzes 2 35% Final Exam 2 35% 3 V. Course Schedule Week One: Chapter Eleven: Third Declension Verbs (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Jan 8, 2014). Introduction to Chapter 12a Participles in class. Week Two: Chapter Twelve A: Participles (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Jan 15, 2014). Introduction to Chapter12b & c in class. Week Three: Chapter Twelve B: Participles (pp ) and Chapter Twelve C: Participles (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Jan 22, 2014). Week Four: Chapter Thirteen: The Subjunctive Mood (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Jan 29, 2014). Week Five: Chapter Fourteen: Uses of the Infinitive (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Feb 5, 2014). Week Six: Chapter Fifteen: Contract Verbs (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Feb 12, 2014). Week Seven: Chapter Sixteen: Liquid Verbs (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Feb 19, 2014). Week Eight: Chapter Seventeen: Interrogative, indefinite and relative pronouns (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (Feb 26, 2014). Week Nine: Chapter Eighteen: The Imperative and Optative Moods (pp ). Watch the video tutorial and complete the assignment prior to class on Wednesday (March 5, 2014). Week Ten: Final Exam (March 12, 2014). VI. Other Course Instructions None VII. Long Learning Portions of some class sessions will be dedicated to demonstrating the practical use of Greek in ministry and devotional life. Students will be challenged to maintain their Greek by integrating it into their ministry. VIII. Seminary Guidelines A. ATS Academic Integrity Policy Ashland Theological Seminary seeks to model servant leadership derived from biblical standards of honesty and integrity. We desire to encourage, develop, 4 and sustain men and women of character who will exemplify these biblical qualities in their ministry to the church and the world. As members of the seminary community, students are expected to hold themselves to the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity. All students, therefore, are expected to abide by the academic integrity standards outlined in the Student Handbook. B. Writing Assistance If you need assistance with writing projects for your coursework, contact the ATS Writing Center. The center provides free sessions with a peer consultant who can help you with all of your concerns about academic writing. Contact the center if you have a question about how to complete your assignment, if you have documentation questions, or if you would like to have your paper evaluated for areas needing improvement. The ATS Writing Center can be reached at or by at C. Students with Disabilities Ashland University makes every effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students who have a specific physical, psychiatric or learning disability and require accommodations are encouraged to inform their instructors of their needs early in the semester so that learning needs can be appropriately met. It is the student s responsibility to document the disability with Disability Services in The Center for Academic Support on the 7th floor of the Ashland University Library, (419) D. ATS Grading Scale Grade Percent Grade Description Points A Superior achievement of course objectives, diligence and originality, high degree of freedom from error, outstanding evidence of ability to utilize course knowledge, initiative expressed in preparing and completing assignments, positive contributions verbalized in class. A B B Good work submitted, commendable achievement of course objectives, some aspects of the course met with excellence, substantial evidence of ability to utilize course material, positive contributions verbalized in class, consistency and thoroughness of work completed. B C C Acceptable work completed, satisfactory achievement of course objectives, demonstrating at least some ability to utilize course knowledge, satisfactory class contribution. C D D Passing but minimal work, marginal achievement of course objectives, poor performance in comprehension of work submitted, inadequate class contributions. D F Below 65 0 Unacceptable work resulting in failure to receive class credit, inadequacy of work submitted or of performance and attendance 5 in class. IX. Selected Resources. From time to time, the professor will bring to class representative works which students may find useful for adding to their library of tools and resources as they continue their studies in Biblical Greek III, and other New Testament Core and Elective Courses. 6
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