Biblical Studies

 The study of biblical languages serves as a foundational
component of good biblical interpretation.

The Biblical Studies track at Welch College is designed to expose students to rigorous study of the biblical text. Central to this track is a firm grounding in the biblical languages. Students are required to complete two two-year sequences of language study, one in Biblical Hebrew and one in Koine Greek. Additional exegesis courses on individual books or sections of the Bible are also required. We believe that the study of biblical languages serves as a foundational component of good biblical interpretation. The Biblical Studies track is ideal for students who wish to go on to graduate school, but can also be applied more broadly to all areas of ministry where applying the Bible to life is essential.

Program Details

53 hours of Arts and Science Core
37 hours of Theological Studies Core
15 hours of Ministry Core
20 hours of Biblical Studies Core

127 – Total credit hours

Sample Core Courses

LNG 2013, 2026. BEGINNING KOINE GREEK I, II – A beginning study of the Greek of the New Testament, including the fundamentals of the grammar, such as alphabet, vocabulary, pronunciation, accent, conjugations, and declensions, with emphasis on correct understanding of nouns and verbs, their cases, tenses, etc. Some attention to primary syntactical relations in preparation for making translation from the book of 1 John.

LNG 3014. BEGINNING BIBLICAL HEBREW I – Elementary study of the history, phonology, morphology, vocabulary, and grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Includes translation and analysis of selected passages from the Hebrew Old Testament.

LNG 4013. HEBREW EXEGESIS I – Exegesis in the Hebrew text of selected passages from the Hebrew Old Testament. Includes introduction to the advanced study of the Hebrew grammar with a view toward homiletical application in the directed preparation of expository sermons and special studies.

LNG 4037. GREEK EXEGESIS I: THE GOSPEL OF MARK This course consists of the translation and exegetical study of the Gospel of Mark. Attention is given to the principles of exegesis as well as to the details of translating the Greek text. The course is designed to increase the student’s skill in reading, translating, and interpreting the Greek text.