Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fall Course Line-up

Another major project this summer is to prepare for next semester's classes. This fall I will be teaching Gospels (our required introductory New Testament course in the college); Romans (offered jointly as both a college and seminary modular course); and third-semester Koine Greek (also cross-listed between the college and seminary).

Current Briercrest students can check out the Gospels and Romans syllabi on Briercrest Live; everyone else can find them here (along with a collection of my other past syllabi), or click on these links:
  • BLST103 Gospels (15-01)
  • BLST306 Romans (college version); BLST825 Romans (seminary version)
  • The syllabus for Greek Syntax (also cross-listed in the college and seminary) is still in progress. (I know we'll be working through Mark 1-4 and talking about Greek syntax, but I am planning to try something a little different this time around, and that requires working through my course notes before I outline the class.)
If you are at all interested in a Romans "study vacation," I would be delighted to have you join the class in Caronport during the week of October 26-30. If Greek is your thing, Greek Syntax is also potentially open to distance students by live Skype-cast.

Summer also includes recess. Today's activity involved climbing freshly bailed hay in the field behind our house.


Travis Johnston said...

How are you changing your approach to teaching syntax? You have me intrigued.

d. miller said...

Since I believe that the goal of Greek is to learn Greek well enough to read it with understanding over the long term, I have felt for quite some time that a deductive approach to teaching syntax gets the cart before the horse. I would like to try putting the primary emphasis on reading, and introduce syntax as it appears in the text, with occasional big-picture summary sessions. Since I still believe syntax is important, I need to make sure that the most important syntactical elements appear in Mark 1-4.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III said...

Will you use the late Rod Decker's Greek book? If so, Why? If not, Why not?

d. miller said...

Hello Bryant, I am not sure which of Rodney Decker's books you mean, but the answer is yes. I intend to give Decker's introductory Greek textbook a good look before teaching Introductory Greek again. This class is the third semester, Greek Syntax course, and for it I have assigned Decker's very good handbook on the Greek text of Mark 1-8.