Biblical Languages

The Biblical Languages minor, Hebrew minor or Greek minor are perfect for students who desire the opportunity to study foundational scriptural documents in ways not possible in English translation alone.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundational documents for the Christian faith. While originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, they have been translated into a large number of the world’s languages. All translation involves interpretation. This is why we have numerous and diverse English translations and paraphrases of the Bible available today. The study of Scripture in its original languages helps us understand why one translation says “this” and another translation says “that.” 

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Biblical Language Students

  • Consider the grammar and syntax of the biblical languages as these affect the meaning and interpretation of texts.
  • Investigate the structure and literary features of scripture in the biblical languages as these affect interpretation and theological meaning.
  • Take into account the variety of manuscripts underlying biblical texts as they affect translation and interpretation.
  • Employ a variety of study tools such as lexicons (Hebrew and Greek dictionaries), concordances, tools for word studies, and commentaries explicitly based on the biblical languages.

Dr. Mark Quanstrom, Dean of the School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Dr. Mark Quanstrom is a leader, professor, pastor and author who understands well the variety of needs students have as they prepare for ministry. His books, A Century of Holiness Theology and From Grace to Grace, are staples of the active minister's library. He also serves on campus as senior pastor of College Church of Nazarene University Avenue.

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