Expanding a Greek Curriculum

From: rexk@teleport.com
Date: Wed Apr 17 1996 - 00:25:20 EDT

I am looking for some course suggestions from those of you especially who
have familiarity with both a biblical Greek curriculum and a broader
Koine and/or classical curriculum. We are looking at adding two courses
to our curriculum. Currently we offer our students two semesters of
introductory Grammar (4 units per semester), and the latter half of the
second semester we get them to translating about half of the Gospel of
Mark. We this year used Mounce's grammar, but the other instructor has
used Story & Story in the past. The second year of our curriculum is
comprised of two 4-unit courses in Greek Reading in the NT (rapid
reading), with some brief selections from other Koine literature
(Apostolic Fathers, Josephus, LXX, etc.). The third year is made up of
two standard 3-hour courses in Syntax and Exegesis. We are looking at
adding a fourth year which would allow our students to elect a fourth
year of Greek (6 units) or a full year of Hebrew (6 units).
Here is my question. My preference is to broaden the reading and
syntactical familiarity of our students into the Greek language at large
rather than to add more courses in Exegesis (since many would likely have
more of that in seminary). Instead, the former should provide for them
what they would not get in seminary.
So, I am contemplating a 3-unit course in Koine Reading and a 3-unit
course in Classical Reading. Each course would add some grammatical and
syntactical discussion that would broaden the student's knowledge for the
language beyond what is found in the NT as well as giving them a "feel"
for how it works. For the latter course, I would perhaps use a series
like the JACT _Reading Greek_ or perhaps Colson's _Greek Reader_, or even
the last half of Payne's _Beginning Greek_.
For Koine, however, I only have Wikgren/Colwell/Marcus, _Hellenistic
Greek Texts_ to consider as an all-in-one volume to my knowledge. Do any
of you with broader Classical and/or Koine familiarity have any other
suggestions for texts in this regard? I recognize that there is MUCH
that could be covered in both courses, and it would certainly be much
easier to specialize in a few documents in each course, but I am looking
for a broader exposure to the language at this point. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.

Rex Koivisto

Rex A. Koivisto Email:rexk@teleport.com
Department of Bible & Theology Voice: 503/255-0332x415
Multnomah Bible College Fax: 503/254-1268
Portland, Oregon, USA

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