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.
These seminary programs require you to take biblical language classes:
If you want to earn one of these degrees, consult with your academic advisor about how a Greek concentration will fit into your program.
- 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.
- Exegesis of NT Quotations – Analyze NT quotations of the Hebrew with the goal of discovering NT authors’ hermeneutical and theological outlook.
- NT Exegesis Seminar – Translate selected NT texts with attention to exegetical analysis and special interpretive concerns.
- Jesus Studies Seminar – Translate a selected canonical gospel with attention to exegetical analysis and contemporary scholarship in Jesus studies.
Note: Consult with your advisor to ensure that you fulfill the appropriate advanced elective requirements for your program.