The Biblical Languages Department desires to produce students who confidently read Greek and competently interpret the biblical text so that it directly impacts their lives and their interaction with the world.
What is the New Testament Greek major like?
- First-Year Greek Grammar - Learn the basics of Greek grammar and translate the book of John.
- Second-Year Greek Reading - Intensive reading from one of the following sequences:
- 2010-11 Matthew (Fall); Romans, 2 Cor., Hebrews (Spring)
- 2011-12 Mark (Fall); 1 Cor., 1-2 Peter, Revelation (Spring)
- 2012-13 Luke (Fall); Gal. - 2 Thess., Philemon, James, 1 John - Jude (Spring)
- Greek Syntax (Fall) - Advanced study of Greek syntax with verse by verse analysis of the book of Philippians.
- Greek Exegesis(Spring) - Advanced exegesis applied to the book of Ephesians.
- Koine Greek literature (Fall) - Exposure to Greek literature from the Koine period (c. 330 BC to AD 330) with selections from the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint), the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Philo, Josephus, and the Church Fathers.
- Classical Greek Literature (Spring) - Translation of Classical Greek texts (e.g., Sophocles, Homer, Herodotus, Plato) to enhance Greek translation skills and appreciate the broader context of Greek literature.
What can you do with a background in biblical languages?
- Personal understanding of the Bible - The majority of students use their training to gain personal insight into the biblical text and to enhance their ministry.
- Bible Translation - Some students go on to work with organizations like Wycliffe Bible Translators.
- Teaching on the college level - Some graduate degrees in preparation for careers in teaching.
Our students are excited about the classes we offer and find they can easily begin advanced work at other institutions or continue learning on their own. Those with additional areas of interest often try to fit at least one to two years of Greek or Hebrew into their primary field of study. Regardless of your goals, you will never regret the time you spend learning Greek and you will always appreciate the insights it gives you into the biblical text.
Meet Your Professors
Dr. Rex A. Koivisto
Academic Dean of the College, Academic Dean of the Graduate School, Bible and Theology, Biblical Languages
Dr. Dale Wheeler
Bible and Biblical Languages, Bible & Theology