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Introduction to Biblical Languages

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Introduction to Biblical Languages

Ever wanted to get beyond English translations of the Bible to understand the text in its original ancient languages? Through this subject, you’ll gain an understanding of the rudiments of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek.

You’ll learn the alphabets of both Hebrew and Greek, and get familiar with the basic grammatical features and elementary vocabulary of both languages. You will also learn how to use a range of grammatical and lexical tools, Bible software, and other language resources commonly used in theological study.

While studying these languages, this course will also raise your awareness of interpretive implications that arise from cultural dimensions of biblical texts preserved in ancient languages.

  • Lecturers: Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews & Keith McPherson
  • Delivery mode: Weekly online through Zoom
  • Date: Every Monday evening starting 15 November 2021
  • Time: 7:00PM

This subject is offered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. It is also one of our subjects in our undergraduate theological studies courses. Successful subject completion of this subject is creditable towards a Bachelor of Theology for eligible applicants.

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Single Subject Study gives you the flexibility and the credit, without the commitment of a full degree. It’s a great way to dip your toe into a subject area and get a sense of what it’s like to study theology in an academic setting.

As a student, you get to access all subject materials and resources and gain access to CSU’s Interact2 learning environment – so you can study online from the comfort of your natural environment and work around your other life and work commitments.

Best of all, these subjects require no prerequisites, prior knowledge or experience. But if you do decide to commit to a related degree at the end of this subject study, our course advisor can help guide you through the application process and help get credit from your successful subject(s) towards your degree.

This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Hebrew script and writing
  • Hebrew alphabet
  • Hebrew pointing (vowels)
  • Parts of speech
  • Basics of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary
  • Grammatical and lexical tools for Biblical Hebrew
  • Greek alphabet
  • Basics of Greek grammar and vocabulary
  • Grammatical and lexical tools for New Testament Greek
  • Information technology and biblical language studies
  • Interpretive implications of the preservation of the Bible in ancient languages

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to recognise and reproduce the Hebrew and Greek alphabets;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek grammar;
  • be able to demonstrate recognition of elementary vocabulary in Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek;
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of relevant grammatical and lexical tools;
  • be able to translate simple phrases from Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek into English;
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of interpretive implications arising from cultural dimensions of biblical texts as ancient documents; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning.

View the full subject outline.

The subject is taught by a ‘live’ lecturer online and not an absent, pre-taped expert. All our lecturers are experienced and qualified in their area. You won’t be referred to a less qualified ‘tutor’.

Classes are live-streamed so you can engage in real time with the lecturer and your classmates. This is especially important as theological study is best done in community. Can’t make that time? You can also access recordings of classes later through Interact2 .

Charles Sturt University’s online learning platform, Interact2, gives clear guidance, e-readings, teacher’s notes, and more.

This subject will also require students to complete assessments.

Last day of application

Sunday 21 November 2021

Class times

Teaching starts from the week commencing Monday 15 November. Session 3 finishes on 4 February 2022.

These classes will be delivered online through Zoom.

Visit our timetable page to check our timings.

The fee for this subject is $1,130.

(Usual fee for this subject is $1,950 per 8cp subject when taken as part of a full degree.)

This subject is offered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. It is also one of our subjects in our undergraduate and postgraduate theological studies courses.

Successful subject completion of this subject is creditable towards a Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies, a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies, or a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) for eligible applicants.

Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews

Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

Jeanette Mathews is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew) at St Mark’s National Theological College, Canberra, a partner in the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. She is also St Marks’ Deputy Director.

Jeanette holds a PhD from Charles Sturt University, a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Divinity from the International Baptist Theological Seminary (Rüschlikon, Switzerland) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Lincoln Institute, Melbourne. Jeanette is an accredited minister in the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT, and was Associate Minister at Canberra Baptist Church from 1997 – 2007 where she was ordained in 1999. She has been teaching at St Mark’s since 2006.

Keith McPherson

Lecturer in New Testament Greek

Keith teaches New Testament Greek and is St Mark’s Business Support Coordinator. Previously, Keith has been in Defence, worked in Anglican Churches in Western Sydney, and taught Business and Biblical languages at Alphacrucis College. He is also a sessional lecturer in New Testament Greek at Alphacrucis College. He is a PhD candidate, looking at Philippians with respect to the Faith, Work, and Economic movement.

Qualifications

CERTIFICATE III IN GOVERNMENT, CERTIFICATE IV IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT, Adv Dip (Theology, Youth Works), BA (Linguistics, Macquarie University), MA (Early Christian and Jewish Studies, Macquarie University).

Lecturer in New Testament Greek

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