Biblical Languages (NT & OT)

NT521 – Greek 1 - Grammar. Lectures By:  Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.  Recognizing the importance of using the original language for the interpretation of the New Testament, you will begin to gain a foundational knowledge of Greek. You will learn a portion of the essentials of grammar and adequate vocabulary by covering the noun and indicative verb systems. (3 credits)

NT522 – Greek 2 - Grammar & Reading. Lectures By:  Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.  Recognizing the importance of using the original language for the interpretation of the New Testament, you will continue the foundation studies of Greek by learning participles, nonindicative moods, and more vocabulary. Then, building upon the foundation of grammar and vocabulary, you will begin to learn the basic syntax of Koine Greek. Selected Greek texts will be read and translated. Prerequisite: NT 521.  ( 3 credits)

NT523 – Greek 3 - Syntax and Reading. Lectures By:  Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.   Building upon the foundation of grammar and vocabulary, you will continue to learn the basic syntax of Koine Greek. Selected Greek texts will be read and translated. The focus will be on translation, grammatical analysis, theological thinking, and Christian living. Prerequisite: NT522. (2 credits)

NT524 – Greek 4 - Exegesis.  Lectures By:  Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.  In this course, students will learn and apply the principles of exegesis to a specific Greek text including the book of Philemon.  Prerequisite: NT 512 or NT523. (2 credits)

NT 555 - Hope as Exiles: Exposition of 1 Peter.  Lectures By:  Patrick Schreiner, Ph.D.  This course is an expository study of 1 Peter, with attention to the Greek and English language, theological themes, literary structure, hermeneutical issues, and relationship to other parts of the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on practical relevance for society, the church, and church ministry/leadership.   Recommended Prerequisite - NT 513 or, NT 524. If you have taken this course as BL 555, you can't take it as NT 555. (2 credits)

OT521 – Hebrew 1 - Grammar.  Lectures By:  Jan Verbruggen, Ph.D.  Our aim in this class is to train you to read and understand what the original writers of the OT said in their own language. Therefore, we will begin in this class to lay a good foundation for Biblical Hebrew. You will learn the basic grammar up and the paradigms of the 4 most common binyanim (paradigms) and we will practice our Hebrew. You will further sharpen your Hebrew skills by doing exercises, by learning basic vocabulary, and by the use of appropriate Hebrew language tools. (3 credits)

OT522 – Hebrew 2 - Grammar & Reading. Lectures By:  Jan Verbruggen, Ph.D.  Building on the foundation laid in OT521, we continue to study the verbal system, finishing the verb paradigms and start reading the book of Ruth and Jonah. You will be introduced to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Prerequisite: OT 521. (3 credits)

OT523 – Hebrew 3 - Syntax and Reading. Lectures By:  Jan Verbruggen, Ph.D.  Building upon the foundation of grammar and vocabulary, you will learn the basic elements of Hebrew syntax.  Selected Hebrew texts will be read and translated.  The focus will be on grammatical and syntactical analysis, basic exegetical method in order to guide us through translation, theological ramifications and application for the Christian life. Prerequisite: OT522. (2 credits)

OT524 – Hebrew 4 - Exegesis.  Lectures By:  Jan Verbruggen, Ph.D.  In this course, students will learn and apply the principles of exegesis to the book of Malachi. Prerequisite: OT 512 or OT523. (2 credits)

OT530 – Exegesis of Micah.  Lectures By:  Jan Verbruggen, Ph.D.  In this study, we will look at how the message of the book fits in with the overall message of the Scriptures. We will answer the questions: How should we structure the book? What is its coherence? What are the themes? Why does it seem so fragmentary? In this course, you will examine the book of Micah in its canonical, historical, theological and literary contexts. The class will work through the exegesis of the text, applying the results of careful exegesis, literary analysis and the information from various commentaries and scholarly literature.   Recommended Prerequisite - OT 513 or OT 524 (2 credits)