Biblical Languages Minor

The Biblical Languages Minor in Logsdon will prepare you to read the scriptures in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. Students who pursue this minor take one year in one language (either Hebrew or Greek) and two years in the other language (either Hebrew or Greek). This minor gives you a foundation for translating the scripture for yourself. In addition, the Biblical Languages Minor fulfills the language requirement for the B.A. Degree.

Although numerous English translations of the Bible exist today, no translation can communicate the wonderful complexities of the original Hebrew and Greek. When students discover for themselves that “slow to anger” in Hebrew is literally “long of nose” or that Ephesians 1:3-14 is one long sentence in Greek, they realize that translation is an invaluable tool for truly understanding the scriptures. The pleasure that comes from personally translating an entire book of the Bible is simply incomparable.

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Susan Pigott-Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the Logsdon School of Theology

Dr. Susan Pigott

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew 325-670-1296

Majors

Minors

  • Biblical Languages (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why Study Biblical Languages at HSU?

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Tools for Translation

You will learn the tools you need to translate the Old and New Testaments from the Hebrew and Greek. You will be able to enter more deeply into the Bible than you ever could simply by reading it in English.

Hebrew Grammar
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Foundation for Ministry

If you plan to do ministry that requires you to preach or teach, knowing the original languages will provide the best foundation you can have for teaching others the scriptures. Translating the Bible from the ancient original languages slows down your reading so that you can more effectively absorb the text. This allows you to uncover details and nuances that escape readers who only use English translations.

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Preparation for Graduate Work

If you hope to pursue graduate work in any area of ministry or theological study in a seminary or university, proficiency in biblical languages gives you a head start for further learning. Taking biblical languages at the undergraduate level typically saves both time and money, as it allows you to bypass beginning courses in Hebrew and Greek.

Program Details

The minor in Biblical Languages may be earned by students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences degree. The minor requires 22 hours.

  • GREK 2301, 2302
  • HEBR 2311, 2312
  • Either GREK 4301 and 4302, or HEBR 4311 and 4312.

All HSU students are eligible for the program.

Students who earn their Biblical Languages Minor are eligible for:

  • Ministry Positions
  • Graduate Studies