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Course Number: LA220
Term: Fall 2014


John Hornyak

Phone (Home) 240-493-7753

Toll free – 888-674-6858



Introduction to Biblical Greek will emphasize basic grammar and Vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Greek language and a working Vocabulary of words and terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. Each lesson will contain relevant contemporary resources, etymological examples, historical background, and biographical vignettes. This course is a prerequisite for LA 221.


Students will demonstrate an ability to read, understand and write basic Greek texts. In particular students will demonstrate:

  • An ability to conjugate, understand and use the indicative tense of Greek verbs
  • An ability to conjugate, use and understand the major declensions of Greek nouns
  • An ability to use and understand pronouns and adjectives in Greek.
  • An ability to read and understand passages from the New Testament and several philosophers in the original Greek.


Week 1: Introduction to the Greek Language

  • Text: Ch. 1-3; pp. xix-11
  • Assessments: Workbook pp.1-4
  • PowerPoint: Wk 1 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 1
  • Listen to Chap. 3 audio

Week 2: Learning Greek

  • Text: Ch.4; pp. 12-19
  • Vocabulary Chap. 4
  • PowerPoint: Wk 2 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 2
  • Listen to Chap. 3 audio

Week 3: The Alphabet and Pronunciation

  • Text: Ch.5; pp.20-26
  • Assessments: Workbook pp. 9-10
  • Vocabulary Chap. 5
  • PowerPoint: Wk 3 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 3
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 4 video/ Chap. 3 audio

Week 4: Punctuation and Syllabification

  • Text: Ch. 6; pp. 26-41
  • Assessments: Exercise 6 pp. 11-14;
  • Vocabulary Chap. 6
  • PowerPoint: Wk 4 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 4
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 5 video /Chap. 5 audio

Week 5: Introduction to English Nouns

  • Text: Ch.7; pp. 42-54
  • Assessments: Exercise 7 pp. 15-18
  • Vocabulary Chap. 7
  • PowerPoint: Wk 5 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 5
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 6 video /Chap. 6 audio

Week 6: Nominative and Accusative; Definite article

  • Text: Ch. 8; pp.55-63
  • Assessments: Exercise 8 pp. 19-22
  • Vocabulary Chap. 8
  • PowerPoint: Wk 6 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 6
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 7 video/ Chap. 7audio

Week 7: Genitive and Dative

  • Text: Ch. 9; pp.64-72
  • Assessments: Exercise 9 pp. 19-26
  • Vocabulary Chap. 9
  • PowerPoint: Wk 7 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 7
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 8 video /Chap 8 audio

Week 8: Prepositions and ειμι

  • Text: Ch. 10; pp. 73-89
  • Assessments: Review 2 pp.30; Exercise 10 Track 1: pp.32-34
  • Vocabulary Chap. 10
  • PowerPoint: Wk 8 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 8
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 9 video /Chap 9 audio

Week 9: Adjectives

  • Text: Ch. 11; pp. 90-98
  • Assessments: Exercise 11 Track 1: pp. 32-39
  • Vocabulary Chap.11
  • PowerPoint: Wk 9 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 9
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 10 video/ Chap. 10 audio

Week 10: Third Declension

  • Text: Ch. 12; pp.99-105
  • Assessments: Exercise 12: pp. 41-44
  • Vocabulary Chap. 12
  • PowerPoint: Wk 10 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 10
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 11video /Chap. 11 audio

Week 11: First and Second Person Personal Pronouns

  • Text: Ch. 13; pp.106-112
  • Assessments: Exercise 13: pp. 41-45-48
  • Vocabulary Chap.13
  • PowerPoint: Wk 11 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 11
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 12 video /Chap. 12 audio

Week 12: αυτοσ

  • Text: Ch. 14; pp. 113-119
  • Assessments: Exercise 14: pp. 49-49-52
  • Vocabulary Chap.14
  • PowerPoint: Wk 12 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 12
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 13 video /Chap. 13 audio

Week 13: Demonstrative Pronouns/Adjectives

  • Text: Ch. 15; pp.120-129
  • Assessments: Review 3-pp. 53-56
  • Vocabulary Chap.15
  • PowerPoint: Wk 13 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 13
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 14video / Chap. 14 audio

Week 14: Relative Pronoun

  • Text: Ch. 16 pp.130-138
  • Assessments: Exercise 16: pp. 57-60
  • Vocabulary Chap.16
  • PowerPoint: Wk 14 PPT
  • Post reply for Discussion Wk 14
  • Watch/Listen to Chap. 15 video /Chap 15. audio

Week 15: Final Exam


  • Drills and Translation Exercises (Assessments- wks.2-14)) 50%.
  • Midterm Exam – 25%
  • Final Exam –  25%


  • Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce
  • Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook by William D. Mounce



Students will be graded on their weekly drills and translation exercises. These must be provided in written form for the English and Greek. Students will in addition have two further more extended exercises as mid-term and final exams. Several options will be available for both the midterm and final (details to follow).Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at


A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

The workbook exercises will be counted as the primary assessment for BA students. For translations into English students will be graded on the accuracy of their translation into English (95%) and the style of English (i.e. does the translation read like English or like a translation of Latin) (5%). For translations into Greek, the accuracy and correctness of the translation will count for 95% of the mark and the pronunciation of the Greek (5%).

Hence translations into Greek must be recorded as well as written. Any student using a set translation of standard texts rather than providing their own translation will be given a mark of 0 for the exercise. A repeat of the offense may lead to an investigation for academic dishonesty (see below).


Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.


Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.


Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.


An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.


Mr. John Hornyak first studied Greek, Latin, and German at Bishop’s Latin School, a Jesuit-run diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He majored in Classical Linguistics (Greek and Sanskrit) and Philosophy at Duquesne University, after which he pursued the MA in Philosophy. Through the years he has earned an MA in Science and Math Education, MA in Instructional Design for Online Learning, is ABD in his studies for the PhD in Education (interrupted by severe health issues), MS in Organizational Leadership and Management, and is currently pursuing the Bioethics track in the MA in Theology program at Holy Apostles. Mr. Hornyak is the father of six children, and lives on 1 ½ acres in Middletown, MD, where is an avid gardener and a lifelong learner. He has worked in curriculum and Instructional Design for the NASA Classroom of the future, served as Director of Distance Learning at Wheeling Jesuit University, Instructional Designer at several universities, including Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. He may be contacted at:

(860) 632-3010