A Major in Biblical Languages requires completion of the University CORE (49 hours), 30 hours of GREK and HEBR courses, a minor in Christian Studies, and CHST 1001. Students may choose to major in Christian Studies in place of the minor.
This major equips students to read and interpret biblical texts directly from the language in which they were originally written. It provides an essential foundation for those desiring to be accurate biblical teachers, preachers or translators, as well as providing preparation for a variety of graduate studies at seminaries or other institutions of higher learning.
All students of OBU have the opportunity to take either Greek or Hebrew as their CORE Foreign Language Requirement.
In addition, OBU offers a Minor in both Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. Each of those minors includes six classes or three years of study.
New Testament Greek (GREK)
2203. Elementary Greek I
An introduction to New Testament Greek. The course focuses on the forms, grammar, and vocabulary of Koine Greek for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Greek New Testament. Fall.
2213. Elementary Greek II
A continuation of GREK 2203 with added emphasis on Greek syntax. Prerequisite: Greek 2203. Spring.
3203. New Testament Greek Reading I
A readings course focusing on the translation of various passages from the Greek New Testament. Prerequisites: GREK 2213. Fall of even-numbered years.
3213. New Testament Greek Reading II
A continuation of GREK 3203 adding selected readings from the Septuagint and the Apostolic Fathers. Prerequisites: GREK 3203. Spring of odd-numbered years.
4203. New Testament Greek Exegesis I
A course on Greek syntax focusing on the application of a comprehensive exegetical method. Prerequisite: GREK 2213. Fall of odd-numbered years.
4213. New Testament Greek Exegesis II
A continuation of GREK 4203 with an introduction to textual criticism. Prerequisite: GREK 4203. Spring of even-numbered years.
Biblical Hebrew (HEBR)
2103. Elementary Hebrew I
An introduction to biblical Hebrew. This course focuses on the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible with emphasis on translating from Hebrew to English. Fall.
2113. Elementary Hebrew II
A continuation of HEBR 2103, with added attention given to translating Hebrew narrative. The class will translate Jonah and selected texts from Genesis or Exodus. Prerequisite: HEBR 2103. Spring.
3103. Hebrew Reading I
An intermediate-level reading course emphasizing the translation of Hebrew narrative. The class will translate Ruth and other selected narrative texts. The course also includes an introduction to textual criticism. Prerequisite: HEBR 2113. Fall of even-numbered years.
3113. Hebrew Reading II
A continuation of HEBR 3103. Both narrative and poetic texts will be studied. Prerequisite: HEBR 3103. Spring of odd-numbered years.
4103. Hebrew Exegesis I
An intermediate-level Hebrew exegesis course focusing on the development of the student’s exegetical skills with narrative texts in the Old Testament. Prerequisite: HEBR 2113. Fall of odd-numbered years.
4113. Hebrew Exegesis II
An advanced-level Hebrew exegesis course focusing on the development of the student’s exegetical skills with prophetic and poetic texts in the Old Testament. Prerequisite: HEBR 4103. Spring of even-numbered years.