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This unit focuses on basic grammar and syntax as contained in the textbook; it also offers a brief historical treatment of language and of the transmission of the text, and pays attention to idiomatic expressions in New Testament Greek. Reading from the original text is emphasised from the start of the unit. The biblical text used is Johns Gospel, with selections from the Letters of John. The teaching of grammatical forms and structures is supported by teacher-prepared handouts with forms being introduced in the context of New Testament examples.
This unit builds on the discussion of introductory issues in unit 112 Introduction to the Bible and on skills acquired in unit 103 Reading and Using the Bible. It helps students to improve their exegetical skills and to read and use commentaries and other aids independently. It also pays attention to contemporary use of the Old Testament.