Greek Degree

From its inception, Multnomah University has recognized the importance of the original languages in the study of the biblical text. The Greek program is designed for long-term competency by providing a solid grounding in Greek grammar and extensive reading in the New Testament and extra-biblical literature. Whether pursuing Greek studies as a career or simply for personal enrichment, you will never regret the time you spend learning Greek and the insights it gives you into the biblical text. 

What can you do with a Greek degree?

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The basics of the MU Greek program

Whether you want to take one year of Greek or make it your major concentration, this program is designed to help you become an informed reader of the text. Two years of Greek form the backbone of our program with additional advanced course offerings.

Greek core

  • First-year Greek Grammar 
    Learn the basics of Greek grammar and translate passages from the New Testament.
  • Second-year Greek Reading & Syntax
    Translate portions of Mark and Philippians with a focus on reading and strengthening your knowledge of Greek vocabulary and syntax.
  • Second-year Greek Exegesis 
    Learn to find and express the meaning of a text through exegesis and thoughtful translation of Galatians or Ephesians.

Advanced Greek offerings 

  • Greek Rapid Reading
    Read extensively from the Greek New Testament texts with grammatical analysis of the text and an introduction to textual criticism (analysis of variant readings to determine the original wording of the text).
  • Patristic Greek Reading
    Read passages from a number of important Greek-speaking Church Fathers with a focus on translation and discussion of classical Christology and Trinitarian theology.
  • Readings in the Septuagint 
    Read from the Septuagint (LXX) with emphasis on the LXX as the earliest written interpretation of the OT books.
  • Classical Greek Literature
    Translate Classical Greek texts (e.g., Sophocles, Homer, Herodotus, Plato) in order to enhance Greek translation skills and appreciate the broader context of Greek literature.

Practical learning opportunities

Intermediate and advanced Greek students are currently working with faculty on an analysis of one segment from the Bodmer Papyri. This research gives students the unique opportunity to be involved in the analysis, research, and publication of ancient texts. Participants in this project are eligible to apply for the summer LOGOS in Oxford seminars.

Meet your professors

  • Dr. Al Baylis Dr. Al Baylis Th.M. Program Director, Professor Bible and Theology
  • Dr. Rex A. Koivisto Dr. Rex A. Koivisto Assistant Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Bible & Theology Division Chair, Professor Biblical Languages
  • Dr. Karl Kutz Dr. Karl Kutz Biblical Languages Chair, Professor Biblical Languages and Bible
  • Dr. John Terveen Dr. John Terveen MABS Program Director, Professor New Testament and Greek

Degree requirements

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Costs and financial aid

View cost details and financial aid options here.

Tuition for 2016-17 is $23,120/per year.