Courses in Biblical Languages

BL 401 Elementary Greek:  Offered each summer, this course is designed to provide a foundation in New Testament Greek. The course emphasizes elementary vocabulary, grammar, syntax, translation, and the effective use of lexical, grammatical, and syntactical tools. (6 credit hours) When offered during the school year it is divided into three 2 credit hour courses BL 401a, 401b, & 401c.

BL 501 Greek Grammar & Exegesis I:  Greek Grammar & Exegesis I is designed to make Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It builds Greek vocabulary, increases confidence in translation, highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures. (4 credit hours) Prerequisite: BL 401 or its equivalent

BL 502 Greek Grammar & Exegesis II:  Greek Grammar & Exegesis II continues from BL 501 in making Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It continues to build Greek vocabulary, increases confidence in translation, highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures including diagramming, outlining, lexical studies, syntactical studies & problem solutions. (4 credit hours) Prerequisite: BL 501

BL 503 Greek Grammar & Exegesis III:  Greek Grammar & Exegesis III continues from BL 502 in making Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It continues to build Greek vocabulary and increase confidence in translation and reading the GNT. It highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures, culminating in a presentation of the product of exegesis in an expository sermon. (4 credit hours) Prerequisite: BL 502

BL 601 Hebrew I: Phonology/Morphology:  Hebrew I is designed to provide a foundation in Old Testament Hebrew so that the man of God might be equipped to present a clear, exact, and persuasive exposition of God’s saving work in Christ. This course provides a foundation in Old Testament Hebrew. It equips the student with basic vocabulary and understanding of the essential principles of phonology & morphology. The progression of Hebrew courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. (4 credit hours)

BL 602 Hebrew II: Morphology:  Hebrew II continues to build vocabulary and understanding of the essential principles of morphology, with an introduction to Hebrew syntax. The progression of courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. (4 credit hours) Prerequisite: BL 601

BL 603 Hebrew III: Syntax:  Hebrew III is designed to provide a further foundation in Old Testament Hebrew so that the man of God might be equipped to present a clear, exact, and persuasive exposition of God’s saving work in Christ. Hebrew III introduces the student to the Hebrew accents, masora, apparatus, but places its major focus on syntax. The progression of the three courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. (4 credit hours each) Prerequisite: BL 602

BL 604 Hebrew Readings:  Geared for students having completed first year of Hebrew, this course emphasizes reading, translation and parsing, with attention given to exegetical observations. (2 to 4 credit hours) Prerequisites: BL 601, 602, 603

BL 659 Exegesis of Galatians:  An application of the principles of Greek Exegesis to the text of the Epistle to the Galatians. The course will provide a detailed examination of historical background, grammatical, lexical, and theological issues. Special attention will be given to passages dealing with justification, the Law, and life with the Spirit (3 Credit hours). Prerequisite: BL 503, BE 501 & BE 504

BL 703 Hebrew IV: Exegesis:  A study designed to prepare the student for independent exegesis of the Hebrew text. It emphasizes translation of selected OT books, as well as grammatical, syntactical, and lexical studies, in order to develop an exegetical methodology with a goal toward exposition. Introductions to ancient near east background, textual criticism, and literary genres will be explored. (3 credit hours) Prerequisite: BL 603, BE 502, & 503

BL 765 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles:  An exegetical analysis of portions of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus with emphasis on the practical application of the instruction of these epistles for contemporary Christian living and pastoral responsibilities. Special attention will be given to the complementary roles of men and women and problem solutions to exegetical difficulties. (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: BL 503, BE 501 & BE 504

BL 799 Research in Biblical Languages:  The student is given opportunity to complete a guided independent study in an area of Greek or Hebrew. This course allows the student to accomplish deeper investigation into a special problem, area of doctrine, or interpretation of a passage. The course must be designed by and pursued under the supervision of a faculty member and must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean. Information regarding requirements, procedures, and grading is available from the Academic Dean’s office. (2 credit hours) Prerequisites: Must have completed two years of seminary (at least 70 credit hours) and must have taken BL 503 & BL 603