GRK 1102/THEO 6102

Instructor:  Dr. O. Ewald

Office:  Marston 219

Office Hours:  Monday 11-12, Tuesday 12:30-1:30, and by appointment


Telephone:  281-2070

Location of Class:  Demaray 355

Class Time:  MWF 1:30-2:50 pm

Website:  Canvas and


University and Department Goals:

  • We seek to graduate people of competence & character.
  • We seek to become people of wisdom.
  • We seek to model a grace-filled community.
  • To understand and appreciate the rich diversity of world languages and cultures, both ancient and modern.


Goal:  To begin learning to read New Testament Greek.

Objectives:  to learn:

  • endings for nouns and verbs
  • grammar and the structure of the language
  • basic vocabulary for New Testament Greek
  • the art (not science!!!) of translation from and into Greek
  • how to use knowledge of NT Greek to read the Septuagint
  • the material in Introduction to New Testament Greek, Chapters 11-20
  • how to develop a thesis about a passage of Scripture using scholarship and commentaries


Required Book:  McLean, B.H. New Testament Greek:  An Introduction. Cambridge, 2011.  ISBN-13: 978-0521177023

GRK 1101 (Fall 2017, 5 credits); THEO 6101 (Fall 2017, 3 credits):  McLean, Chapters 1-10

GRK 1102 (Winter 2018, 5 credits); THEO 6102 (Winter 2018, 3 credits):  McLean, Chapters 11-20

GRK 1103 (Spring 2018, 5 credits, fulfills language requirement); THEO 6103 (Spring 2012, 3 credits):    McLean, Chapters 21-24+ Galatians

GRK 4920 (Fall 2017, independent study, 1-3 credits):  topics vary by student interest


Requirements for this class:

Homework:  due (almost) every class, 30% of grade, accepted up to 8 days late

Online Quizzes:  due before almost every class, 10% of grade, no extensions

Midterm:  20% of grade

Final Exam:  20% of grade

Exegesis Paper:  20% of grade; figure out a passage of at least five verses and write an Exegesis paper on the passage with the help of two commentators from different periods (pre + post 1500), plus modern secondary literature; undergraduates should write a 2000-word paper; graduates should write a 4000-word paper.  Rough Draft with at least one commentator due Feb. 24th, Final Draft with both commentators due by 9 pm March 16th (Friday after finals).  For paper style, see  For SPU Library resources, see .  To receive credit for the final draft, you must turn in the receipt or screenshot from your Canvas Course Evaluation for this course.

Extra Credit:  3% of grade:  Write 500 words in English on an event related to Theology or Languages/Linguistics or Faith Integration in any discipline.  Elements: summary, critique, what can you bring back to our course?  Example event:  Marston Lecture, Feb 6th, 3 pm in DH 150 or Seminar on Public Theology, Feb, 27th, 1:30-5:30 pm in Upper Gwinn (registration required but free to attend)


Course Evaluation:  It is my expectation that you will participate in an online evaluation of this course and its instructor in a thoughtful and constructive manner.  The evaluation data is used to make improvements in the course, and your feedback is considered when selecting textbooks, designing teaching methods and preparing assignments.  Courses are evaluated by following the “Student Feedback Form” link within Canvas.  All answers are completely confidential - your name is not stored with your answers in any way. In addition, your instructor will not see any results of the evaluation until after final grades are submitted to the University.


Academic Integrity:  The current edition of the SPU Undergraduate Catalog describes the University’s commitment to academic integrity, which is breached by academic dishonesty of various kinds. Among these is turning in another’s work as your own and committing plagiarism, which is the copying of portions of another’s words from a published or electronic source without acknowledgement of that source. The penalty for a breach of academic integrity is a failing grade for the work in question on the first offense and a failing grade for the course as a whole with repeated offenses.  You will be reported to the AVPAA’s office.

Disability statement: In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, students with specific disabilities that qualify for academic accommodations should contact Disabled Student Services (DSS) in the Center for Learning. DSS in turn will send a Disability Verification Letter to the course instructor indicating what accommodations have been approved.


Emergency procedure: Note the emergency procedures posted in the classroom, and note the emergency exits. In case of an emergency (fire, earthquake, hazardous material spillage, bomb threat, etc.), the class will evacuate the building and gather at the closed road between Demaray and Marston.  If this area is unavailable, gather at the Nickerson Parking Lot behind Emerson Hall.  Also, the amber digital clock will provide emergency alert information as it becomes available.  Please try to stay together so that we can check that everyone has made it safely out of the building.


Inclement Weather: The University maintains an Emergency Closure Hotline (206-281-2800). In the event of inclement weather or an emergency that might close the university, please call the Hotline for the most up-to-date closure information or check the SPU website. Both will be updated before 6:00 a.m. Information on evening classes, events, and athletic games will also be updated.




Seattle Pacific Seminary Information

Academic Year 2017-18


  1. University Mission Statement: Seattle Pacific University seeks to be a premier Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.


  1. School of Theology Mission Statement: The School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University aspires to embody God’s diverse kingdom, equipping the people of God to be transformative agents in the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.


  1. Seattle Pacific Seminary Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:


SPS Learning Outcomes and Objectives
Academy outcomes are blue; Abbey outcomes are red; Apostolate outcomes are green
SLO 2: Students will interpret and respond to Christian Scripture i. Students will interpret the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to the historical context, literary features and religious message of each book, and to the overarching unity of its witness to God.
ii. Students will meditate on the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to its divine authority for their life and vocation.
iii. Students will apply the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to its practical relevance to the people and contexts of our world today.
SLO 6a. Students will practice the professional skills suitable to their vocation.



i. Students will speak, write, preach and teach effectively.

ii. Students will design and conduct meaningful liturgies.

iii. Students will listen sensitively to all persons and provide compassionate and effective pastoral care and counsel.

iv. Students will nurture others in the Christian faith, be exposed to various models of church leadership, church planting and church revitalization, and engage in ministry across cultural boundaries.

v. Students will raise and manage funds ethically, effectively, and in accordance with basic accounting principles.

vi. Students will plan, manage, evaluate, and improve their own work and that of their organization.

SLO 6c. Students will practice the professional skills suitable to their vocation.


i. Students will speak, write and teach effectively.

ii. Students will apply knowledge of Christian theology (Scripture, history, doctrine and ethics) to service in church, parachurch, non-profit and for-profit contexts.

iii. Students will apply knowledge of business, economics and organizational leadership to service in church, parachurch, non-profit and for-profit contexts.

iv. Students will plan, manage, evaluate, and improve their own work and that of their organization.

SLO 6f. Students will practice the professional skills suitable to their vocation.


i. Students will speak, write and teach effectively.

ii. Students will be equipped for doctoral study in the theological interpretation of Christian Scripture… or …

iii. Students will be equipped for the teaching of Christian Scripture in a local congregation or Christian school.


  1. Academic Integrity Policy: SPS students are expected to follow the SPU Academic Integrity Policy, as stated in the current Graduate Catalog. Guidelines for handling any cases of suspected infractions are stated in the same place.


  1. Style Guide:  The official SPU School of Theology style guide is:

All written work submitted for SPS courses shall use the method of citing sources, as well as other stylistic conventions, described in that Handbook. For an online summary of SBL style, as well as any suggested interpretations or SOT-approved exceptions, see:

  • The SBL tab on the SPU LibGuide Citations Styles.
  • Failure to cite sources, and to cite them in accordance with the official style guide, is considered a breach of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy (see above), and may be penalized accordingly.


  1. Information Ethics: The Computer and Information Systems website includes a Computer Acceptable Use Policy, which provides guidelines for the appropriate use of instructional technology, digital media and the Internet. The SPU Library website includes an online video tutorial on Information Ethics, which offers guidance on “how to use various types of information appropriately for papers or projects.” [For guidance on how to cite such resources, please see the SBL Handbook of Style.] Students are expected to heed these guidelines, and faculty are expected to penalize infractions for the same reason, and with the same severity, as they would penalize other infractions of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy (see above).


  1. School of Theology Inclusive Language Policy: The Christian gospel aims to provide a clear witness to the revelation of God through Jesus Christ. For this reason, the words we choose are influential and significant. Because language related to race, gender, class, and nationality has a particular power to liberate or to marginalize other human beings, our words ought to exhibit the sort of grace-filled sensitivity to human dignity that is part and parcel of the Christian gospel (James 3:1-18). In particular, the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University believes that language about God and people should mirror these biblical truths: that God created both male and female in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); that God formed male and female into a working partnership to steward all of God’s creation (Genesis 1:28); and that God loves every one equally without respect to race, gender, class, or nationality; yet all are equally in need of God’s forgiveness and equally transformed by God’s grace into new creatures because of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-6). The use of nondiscriminatory language substantiates these truths and fosters a community where “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). The social practices of Seattle Pacific University’s Methodist heritage exemplify these biblical truths. Rooted deeply within Methodism is the active participation in the lifting of oppression in any form so as to extend and implement the freedom of the gospel to all whom God has created and seeks to redeem. The record of Wesleyans on behalf of those on the margins is impressive and honorable and should be furthered by the modern offspring of Wesley in word and deed. Therefore, it is the policy of the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University to use nondiscriminatory language in our syllabi, publications, and communications. (The grammatical particulars about nondiscriminatory language are spelled out in The Everyday Writer.) Moreover, when writing and speaking about God, the School of Theology encourages the use of a wide variety of images found in Scripture and the Christian tradition, such as rock, sovereign, light, mother eagle, shepherd, creator, father, and so on. By drawing on the richness of these biblical images, we position ourselves to deepen our understanding of God’s manifold attributes more fully and to help form God’s multiform people into a more inclusive community.


  1. Attendance Policy for Graduate Classes: Preparation for class, faithful and punctual attendance at class, and active participation in class are integral elements of education at SPS, and accordingly are mandatory. Students may not miss more than two sessions for a once-a-week quarter course, four sessions for a quarter course that meets three times a week, or one class session for a one-week intensive course without penalty on their final grade, unless valid, documented excuses are presented to the professor within two business days of the missed session. Appropriate penalties will be assessed by the professor, and normally explained in the course syllabus. Advance notice to the professor is considered a professional courtesy, and should be given whenever possible. Valid excuses for missing class include are restricted to illness and other personal or family emergencies. Absences and tardiness due to church-related activities (e.g., mission trips, conferences, weddings, funerals, mid-week services, committee meetings, adult education classes or prayer groups), work-related activities (e.g., special meetings, overtime hours or emergency fill-ins for other employees) or non-emergency activities with family or friends (e.g., weddings or vacations) are not excused, nor should faculty be expected to penalize themselves for unexcused student absences by assigning make-up work that they would then have to grade.


  1. Policy for Students with Disabilities: If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommo­dations, please contact Disability Support Services to make your accommo­dations request. Once your eligibility has been determined, DSS will send a letter to your professors indicating what accommodations have been approved.


  1. Inclement Weather School Closure Policy:
  • Full Closure: All classes are canceled and all offices are closed. The Library, Campus Dining Services and the Student Union Building will be operational on a limited schedule.
  • Late Start: Indicates that classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and offices open at 9:30 a.m. Classes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. are canceled. All other classes will operate as scheduled. Chapel will be held if planned.
  • For Evening Classes and Events: Allowing for weather changes during the day, a decision will be made by 2:00 p.m. for evening classes and events. Call the Emergency Closure Hotline for the updated information.
  • The Emergency Closure Hotline (206) 281-2800 always provides current and complete information.


  1. Reports of Threats, Crimes and Sexual Misconduct: Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment on campus. As part of this, university employees are generally required to report information they receive about threats, crimes, and sexual misconduct involving students to the Office of Safety and Security or the university’s Title IX Coordinator. Information that must be reported includes both verbal and written statements (e.g., spoken in class or submitted in a written assignment), whether by a victim or by a third-party.  Types of incidents that must be reported include physical assault (including domestic or dating violence), sex offenses (e.g., rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment), stalking, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, hate crimes, and arrests for weapon, drug, or liquor law violations. If you are a victim of any of the offenses listed above, you are strongly encouraged to report the matter promptly to a professor, the Office of Safety and Security, or the university’s Title IX Coordinator so that the university can offer you support and notify you of available resources.  If you are a victim and would like to speak with someone confidentially, you can arrange to speak with a counselor at the Student Counseling Center or you can make an appointment outside of class with a pastoral counselor.


  1. SPU Emergency Response Information:
  • Report an Emergency or Suspicious Activity: Call the Office of Safety & Security (OSS) at 206-281-2922 to report an emergency or suspicious activity. SPU Security Officers are trained first responders and will immediately be dispatched to your location. If needed, the OSS Dispatcher will contact local fire/police with the exact address of the location of the emergency.
  • Lockdown / Shelter in Place – General Guidance: The University will lock down in response to threats of violence such as a bank robbery or armed intruder on campus. You can assume that all remaining classes and events will be temporarily suspended until the incident is over. Lockdown notifications are sent using the SPU-Alert System as text messages (to people who have provided their cell phone numbers as described below), emails, announcements by Building Emergency Coordinators (BECs), announcements over the outdoor public address system, and electronic reader board messages.
    • If you are in a building at the time of a lockdown:
      • Stay inside unless the building you are in is affected. If it is affected, you should evacuate.
      • Move to a securable area (such as an office or classroom) and lock the doors.
      • Close the window coverings then move away from the windows and get low on the floor.
      • Remain in your secure area until further direction or the all clear is given (this notification will be sent via the SPU-Alert System).
    • If you are outside at the time of a lockdown:
      • Leave the area and seek safe shelter off campus. Remaining in the area of the threat may expose you to further danger.
      • Return to campus after the all clear is given (this notification will be sent via the SPU-Alert System)
    • Evacuation – General Guidance
      • Students should evacuate a building if the fire alarm sounds or if a faculty member, a staff member, or the SPU-Alert System instructs building occupants to evacuate. In the event of an evacuation, gather your personal belongings quickly and safely proceed to the nearest exit. Most classrooms contain a wall plaque or poster on or next to the classroom door showing the evacuation route and the assembly site for the building. Do not use the elevator.
      • Once you have evacuated the building, proceed to the nearest evacuation assembly location. The “ Think. Act.” booklet posted in each classroom contains a list of assembly sites for each building. Check in with your instructor or a BEC (they will be easily recognizable by their bright orange vests). During emergencies, give each BEC your full cooperation whenever they issue directions.
    • Additional Information: Additional information about emergency preparedness can be found on the SPU web page at or by calling the Office of Safety & Security at 206-281-2922.


  1. Theology Librarian: Steve Perisho, MDiv, ThM, MLIS (206/281-2417;


  1. Graduate Assistant for Tutoring (AY 2017-18): David Meade (206/518-0274; David is available for an average of 10 hours per week to assist any SPS student with his or her studies. Priority is given to students granted probationary admission, students placed on academic probation, students for whom English is a second language, students whose instructors have specifically requested that their assignments be checked by the GAT before submission, and first-year students not belonging to any of the prior categories. David is tasked with reviewing and processing class material, assisting with specific assignments, conducting strategy sessions for managing workloads, helping students to develop their writing skills, facilitating individual and group study sessions, and editing writing assignments.









Additional resources:

Textbook Website:

Open-source textbook:

Web site with Ancient Greek texts, including the New Testament:

Septuagint at

Food/housing insecurity:  contact the Office of Student Life, 206-281-2481, or the Queen Anne Helpline, (206) 282-1540


Note that graduate students have an extra section of homework marked “graduate” on the worksheets.


Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Jan 1 WINTER BREAK Jan 3 Chapter 11; return materials from last quarter Jan 5 Hmk #1; Online Quiz #1
2 Jan 8 Hmk #2; Online Quiz #2; introduction to Late Antique commentaries (60-400 AD) Jan 10 Hmk #3; Online Quiz #3; Chapter 12 Jan 12 Hmk #4; Online Quiz #4
3 Jan 15 NO CLASS, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jan 18 Hmk #5; Online Quiz #5; Early Medieval commentaries (400-1000) Jan 19 Hmk #6; Online Quiz #6; Chapter 13
4 Jan 22 Hmk #7; Online Quiz #7 Jan 24 Hmk #8; Online Quiz #8; Late Medieval commentaries (1000-1500) Jan 26 Hmk #9; Online Quiz #9; Chapter 14
5 Jan 29 Hmk #10; Online Quiz #10 Jan 31 Hmk #11; Online Quiz #11; Chapter 15 Feb 2 Hmk #12; Online Quiz #12 Reformation commentaries (1500-1700)
6 Feb 5 REVIEW Hmk #13; Online Quiz #13 Feb 7 MIDTERM Feb 9 Hmk #14 Online Quiz #14; Chapter 16
7 Feb 12 Hmk #15; Online Quiz #15; Chapter 17 Feb 14 Hmk #16; Online Quiz #16; Enlightenment commentaries (1700-1900) Feb 16 Hmk #17; Online Quiz #17; Chapter 18
8 Feb 19 NO CLASS, Presidents’ Day Feb 21 (no Homework or Quiz) Rough Draft of paper due; Twentieth-century commentaries (1900-2000) Feb 23 Hmk #18; Online Quiz #18
9 Feb 26  Hmk #19; Online Quiz #19; contemporary commentaries (2000->) Feb 28 Hmk #20; Online Quiz #20; Chapter 19 Mar 2 Hmk #21; Online Quiz #21
10 Mar 5 Hmk #22; Online Quiz #22 Mar 7 Hmk #23; Online Quiz #23; Chapter 20 Mar 9 Hmk #24; Online Quiz #24
11 Mar 12 Hmk #25; Online Quiz 25, REVIEW Mar 15 THURSDAY, Final Exam 1-3 pm Final Draft of Paper due by Friday, March 16st at 9 pm