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Biblical Languages: Foundational Certificate Program

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Overview

The Biblical Languages: Foundational Certificate Program has everything you need to master the basics of the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. The courses and their corresponding textbooks provide a solid foundation for learning the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Greek and Hebrew. After working through GK101 and HB101 you will be reading, translating, and understanding biblical texts in their original languages. You will also be qualified for Logos Mobile Education Certificate of Completion. To earn the certificate submit your own translation of Ruth 1 and the first 18 verses of the Gospel of John to programsofstudy@faithlife.com when you have finished both GK101 and HB101.

GK101 and An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises are still in development, but will be downloaded once they are complete.

Individual Courses

Included Resources

Interactive Greek Alphabet Course

  • Instructor: John D. Schwandt
  • Video Hours: 2

For serious theological study you need to be able to recognize the original words of the New Testament since they regularly appear in commentaries and lexicons. This course will make you feel at ease when you encounter such references by teaching you the Greek alphabet and showing you how to pronounce whole words. To help you master the Greek alphabet, each lesson has an interactive activity section with various experiential exercises, such as game-type drills, an alphabet song, and quizzes. There are also reference sections with additional information and materials such as printable charts. This course has two versions that teach different pronunciation systems: Koine (GK091) and Erasmian (GK092). Both versions are bundled together so you can compare them and decide which you want to learn. Whether you are just curious about the alphabet or are planning to study biblical Greek, this course provides a fantastic foundation for recognizing Greek letters and words so you can work with all of the words the Lord has preserved for us in the New Testament.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Recite the Greek alphabet
  • Distinguish Greek vowels and the various types of consonants
  • Understand how diacritical marks affect pronunciation
  • Pronounce Greek words
  • Read Greek passages aloud
  • Begin learning Greek vocabulary words
  • Reference various Greek pronunciation systems

Contents:

  • Course Orientation
  • Overview of the Greek Alphabet
  • Vowels
  • Basic Consonants (Square of Stops)
  • Complex Consonants (Double Consonants, Liquids, and Consonant Blends)
  • Diacritical Marks
  • Pronouncing Whole Words
  • Review and Reading Aloud

GK101 Introduction to Biblical Greek

  • Instructor: John D. Schwandt
  • Video Hours: 15

This course will introduce you to the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Greek New Testament. First, you will learn the sounds and symbols of the Greek alphabet. Then you will be guided through all the parts of speech, as the course surveys the conjugations and declensions and demonstrates how all the parts work together in phrases, clauses, and sentences. Frequent vocabulary lists, grammar exercises, and practice readings from the Greek New Testament are included to help you develop your knowledge and skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Translate basic Greek vocabulary
  • Translate verbs appropriately in context, accurately reflecting their tense, voice, and mood
  • Translate nouns, adjectives, and participles appropriately in context, accurately reflecting their gender, number, and case
  • Recognize and translate definite, indefinite, demonstrative, interrogative, and reflexive pronouns
  • Recognize and translate prepositions appropriately in context
  • Understand how word order influences emphasis
  • Use Greek lexical and grammatical tools for in-depth study of the Greek New Testament

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Course
Unit 1: Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Pronunciation
  • English Square of Stops
  • Greek Square of Stops
  • Sibilants
  • Nasals and Liquids
  • Vowels, Semi-Vowels, and Digraphs
  • The Alphabet
  • Punctuation and Accent Marks
  • Breathing Marks and Iota Subscript
  • Elision and Syllabification
  • Practice
Unit 2: Present Active and Contract Verbs
  • Present Active Indicatives
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Exercises: Present Active Indicatives
  • Contract Verbs Ending in Vowels and Verb Accentuation
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Exercises: Contract Verbs
Unit 3: Second Declension Nouns, Prepositions, and the Article
  • Second Declension Nouns
  • Vocabulary 3
  • Exercises: Nominatives and Accusatives
  • Genitives and Datives (Part 1)
  • Genitives and Datives (Part 2)
  • Exercises: Genitives and Datives
  • Prepositions (Part 1)
  • Prepositions (Part 2)
  • Definite Article: Use and Meaning
  • Definite Article: Morphology
  • Exercises: Masculine Articles
  • Second Declension Neuter Nouns
  • Vocabulary 4
  • Exercises: Second Declension Masculine and Neuter Nouns
Unit 4: First and Second Declension Nouns and 2-1-2 Pattern Adjectives
  • First Declension Feminine Nouns
  • Vocabulary 5
  • Exercises: First and Second Declension Nouns
  • First Declension Masculine Nouns
  • First Declension Exceptions
  • Vocabulary 6
  • Exercises: First Declension Masculine and Feminine
  • Adjectives
  • Vocabulary 7
Unit 5: Present and Imperfect Tenses of “To Be,” Imperfects, Second Declension Adjectives, Demonstrative Pronouns, and Uses of Ἀυτός
  • Present Tense of “To Be”
  • Exercises: Adjectives
  • Imperfects: Uses
  • Imperfects: Morphology
  • Vocabulary 8
  • Exercises: Imperfects
  • Imperfect of “To Be”
  • Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Uses of Ἀυτός
  • Exercises: Pronouns
Unit 6: Passives, Deponents, Verbal Voice, Imperatives, and Relative Pronouns
  • Passives: Morphology
  • Passives: Meaning and Syntax
  • Vocabulary 9
  • Exercises: Verbal Voice
  • Deponents
  • Imperatives
  • Relative Pronouns
  • Vocabulary 10
  • Exercises: Relative Pronouns, and Translating
Unit 7: Infinitives, Personal and Reflexive Pronouns, Middle Voice, Verb Tense, Future Tense, Changes in Verbal Roots, and Questions
  • Infinitives: Syntax
  • Infinitives: Uses
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Vocabulary 11
  • Exercises: Infinitives
  • Middle Voice
  • Future Tense
  • Vocabulary 12
  • Exercises: Future Tense
  • Changes to Verbal Roots
  • Vocabulary 13
  • Reflexive Pronouns
  • Kinds of Questions
  • Exercises: Kinds of Questions
  • Verb Tense
Unit 8: Aorists, Object Clauses after Verbs of Saying or Thinking, Liquid Verbs, Temporal Clauses, and the Preposition Παρά
  • First Aorist: Sigmatic Forms
  • Imperatives: Aorist vs. Present
  • Aorist vis-à-vis Present Infinitives
  • Exercises: Aorist Forms
  • Second Aorists: Thematic Forms
  • Athematic Aorists
  • Aorists and Unrelated Roots
  • Object Clauses after Verbs of Saying or Thinking
  • Vocabulary 14
  • Exercises: Asigmatic Aorists
  • Liquid Verbs
  • Temporal Clauses, and the Preposition Παρά
  • Vocabulary 15
Unit 9: Third Declension Nouns, Aorists, Third Declension Irregular Adjectives, and Passives
  • Regular Third Declension Nouns
  • Irregular Third Declension Nouns
  • Vocabulary 16
  • Exercises: Third Declension Nouns
  • Semi-Vowel Stem Third Declension Nouns
  • Neuter Third Declension Nouns
  • Vocabulary 17
  • Exercises: Translating Aorists
  • Third Declension and Irregular Adjectives
  • Vocabulary 18
  • Exercises: Translating Sentences
  • Passives for the Aorist and Future
  • Exercises: Aorist Passives
Unit 10: Participles, Interrogative and Indefinite Pronouns, Aorist Middles, Comparative Adjectives, and Contract Verbs
  • Participles: Morphology (Part 1)
  • Participles: Morphology (Part 2)
  • Participles: Meaning and Use
  • Vocabulary 19
  • Exercises: Translating Participles
  • Participles as Genitive Absolutes
  • Interrogative and Indefinite Pronouns
  • Vocabulary 20
  • Exercises: Translating Genitive Absolutes
  • Aorist Middles
  • Comparative Adjectives
  • Vocabulary 21
  • Exercises: Comparative Adjectives
  • Contract Verbs: Α-Type and Ο-Type
  • Vocabulary 22
  • Exercises: Contract Verbs
Unit 11: Principal Parts, Perfects and Pluperfects, Subjunctives, Infinitives, and -μι Verbs
  • Verbs: Six Principal Parts
  • Perfect and Pluperfect Tenses
  • Vocabulary 23–24
  • Subjunctives: Morphology
  • Subjunctives: Morphology and Syntax
  • Exercises: Translating Subjunctives
  • Vocabulary 25
  • Infinitives: Other Uses
  • Exercises: Infinitive Uses
  • The -μι Verbs
  • Exercises: Δίδωμι
Conclusion
  • Conclusion to the Course

HB101 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Video Hours: 10

Gain insight into Hebrew grammar, and learn all of the sounds and symbols of the alphabet—both the consonants and the vowels. Explore the forms of the noun, the adjective, and the verb in all its conjugations of the basic patterns. Discover how these words work together to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. As you deepen your knowledge of how Hebrew works, you will practice reading Hebrew text from the Hebrew Bible.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Learning to Read Hebrew
  • The Alphabet
  • Consonants with Two Forms and Two Sounds
  • Vowels
  • Putting Consonants and Vowels Together
  • Sheva and Strong Dagesh
  • Unit 1 Vocabulary
  • Unit 1 Practice
  • Unit 1 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 2: Nouns: Basic Forms
  • Gender of Nouns
  • Number of Nouns
  • Summary of Basic Noun Forms
  • Unit 2 Vocabulary
  • Unit 2 Practice
  • Unit 2 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 3: Personal Pronouns and the Definite Article
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Definitive Article
  • Unit 3 Vocabulary
  • Unit 3 Practice
  • Unit 3 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 4: Verbs: Perfects
  • Overview of the Hebrew Verb
  • Qal Perfect
  • Use of Qal Perfect
  • Unit 4 Vocabulary
  • Unit 4 Practice
  • Unit 4 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 5: Sentences with Verbs
  • Subject
  • Direct Object
  • Word Order
  • Negative Sentences
  • Unit 5 Vocabulary
  • Unit 5 Practice
  • Unit 5 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 6: Verbs: Seven Patterns
  • Seven Basic Verb Patterns
  • Niphal
  • Piel and Pual
  • Hiphil and Hophal
  • Hitpael
  • Unit 6 Vocabulary
  • Unit 6 Practice
  • Unit 6 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 7: Prepositions and Vav Conjunction
  • Prepositions
  • Independent Prepositions
  • Inseparable Prepositions
  • Vav Conjunction
  • Unit 7 Vocabulary
  • Unit 7 Practice
  • Unit 7 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 8: Adjectives: Forms and Use
  • Basic Forms of Adjectives
  • Geminate Roots
  • Use of Adjectives
  • Unit 8 Vocabulary
  • Unit 8 Practice
  • Unit 8 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 9: Verbs: Imperfect
  • Form of the Qal Imperfect
  • Use of Imperfect
  • Unit 9 Vocabulary
  • Unit 9 Practice
  • Unit 9 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 9 Quiz
Unit 10: Nouns: Construct State
  • Use of Construct State
  • Form of Construct State
  • Unit 10 Vocabulary
  • Unit 10 Practice
  • Unit 10 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 10 Quiz
Unit 11: Pronoun Suffixes
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Singular Nouns
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Plural Nouns
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Prepositions
  • Unit 11 Vocabulary
  • Unit 11 Practice
  • Unit 11 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 11 Quiz
Unit 12: Verbs: Infinitives
  • Infinitives
  • Infinitive Construct
  • Infinitive Absolute
  • Unit 12 Vocabulary
  • Unit 12 Practice
  • Unit 12 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 12 Quiz
Unit 13: Verbs: Participles
  • Introducing Participles
  • Use of the Participle
  • Unit 13 Vocabulary
  • Unit 13 Practice
  • Unit 13 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 13 Quiz
Unit 14: Verbs: The Volitives
  • Volitives
  • Imperative and Jussive
  • Negating and Indirect Volitive
  • Unit 14 Vocabulary
  • Unit 14 Practice
  • Unit 14 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 14 Quiz
Unit 15: Verbs: Vav-Relative
  • Vav-Relative
  • Use of the Vav-Relative
  • Unit 15 Vocabulary
  • Unit 15 Practice
  • Unit 15 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 15 Quiz
Unit 16: Verbs: Piels
  • Piel
  • Form of the Piel
  • Piel Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Piel Cohortative and WCI
  • Unit 16 Vocabulary
  • Unit 16 Practice
  • Unit 16 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 16 Quiz
Unit 17: Verbs: Hiphils
  • Introducing the Hiphil
  • Form of the Hiphil
  • Hiphil Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Hiphil Cohortative, Jussive, and WCI
  • Unit 17 Vocabulary
  • Unit 17 Practice
  • Unit 17 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 17 Quiz
Unit 18: Verbs: Niphals
  • Meaning of the Niphal
  • Form of the Niphal
  • Niphal Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Niphal Cohortative, Jussive, and WCI
  • Unit 18 Vocabulary
  • Unit 18 Practice
  • Unit 18 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 18 Quiz
Unit 19: Syntax: The Perfect
  • Syntax of the Perfect
  • Performative, Gnomic, Precative, and Rhetorical Perfect
  • Unit 19 Vocabulary
  • Unit 19 Practice
  • Unit 19 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 19 Quiz
Unit 20: Syntax: The Imperfect
  • Syntax of the Imperfect
  • Imperfect Modalities
  • Unit 20 Vocabulary
  • Unit 20 Practice
  • Unit 20 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
Unit 21: Weak Roots
  • Introducing Weak Roots
  • Unit 21 Vocabulary
  • Unit 21 Practice
  • Unit 21 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 21 Quiz
Conclusion
  • Finishing the Course but Not Your Hebrew Studies
Final Exam

An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises

  • Author: John D. Schwandt
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 224
  • Format: Logos Digital

A complete introductory grammar that builds on a classic approach to learning Greek.

In An Introduction to Biblical Greek, John D. Schwandt integrates the rigor of a classic Greek grammar with the fruit of contemporary language learning. The result is a one-stop introduction to New Testament Greek that is both scholarly sound and academically friendly.

This textbook teaches students the basics of the Greek language through 37 lessons that are supported by translation and writing exercises from the New Testament. These practical lessons and exercises will help readers grasp Greek grammar and vocabulary as they start to translate the text of the New Testament itself. Appendixes on additional grammatical topics offer students the opportunity to dive deeper into their study of the Greek language.

Beginning Biblical Hebrew

  • Author: Mark D. Futato
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns - EIS
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 351

Achieving the right balance of amount of information, style of presentation, and depth of instruction in first-year grammars is no easy task. But Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew.

Because the teaching of biblical languages is in decline in many seminaries and universities, Futato takes pains to measure the amount of information presented in each chapter in a way that makes the quantity digestible, without sacrificing information that is important to retain. The book includes exercises that are drawn largely from the Hebrew Bible itself.

Contents:

  • THE ALPHABET
  • THE VOWELS
  • SYLLABLES, SHEVA, AND STRONG DAGESH
  • THE NOUN: BASIC FORMS
  • PRONOUNS AND THE DEFINITE ARTICLE
  • THE VERB: QAL PERFECT
  • SENTENCES WITH VERBS
  • THE NOUN: VOWEL CHANGES
  • PREPOSITIONS AND VAV CONJUNCTION
  • THE ADJECTIVE
  • THE VERB: QAL IMPERFECT
  • CONSTRUCT RELATIONSHIP: SINGULAR
  • CONSTRUCT RELATIONSHIP: PLURAL
  • QAL PERFECT AND IMPERFECT: WEAK ROOTS
  • QAL PERFECT AND IMPERFECT: I NUN AND III HEY
  • POSSESSIVE SUFFIXES ON SINGULAR NOUNS
  • DEMONSTRATIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS
  • QAL IMPERFECT: I YOD AND I ALEF
  • POSSESSIVE SUFFIXES ON PLURAL NOUNS
  • THE VERB: QAL INFINITIVES
  • THE VERB: QAL ACTIVE PARTICIPLE
  • PRONOUN SUFFIXES ON PREPOSITIONS
  • THERE IS (NOT) AND HAVE (NOT)
  • THE VERB: QAL VOLITIVES
  • QAL: HOLLOW VERBS
  • THE VERB: VAV-RELATIVE
  • CLAUSES: TEMPORAL AND INTERROGATIVE
  • THE PIEL: STRONG ROOTS
  • THE PIEL: STRONG ROOTSTHE PIEL: WEAK ROOTS
  • NUMBERS AND “SURPRISE”
  • THE HIPHIL: STRONG ROOTS
  • THE HIPHIL: I GUTTURAL AND I NUN
  • THE HIPHIL: I YOD
  • THE HIPHIL: III HEY AND HOLLOW
  • MORE ON PRONOUN SUFFIXES
  • THE NIPHAL: STRONG ROOTS
  • THE NIPHAL: WEAK ROOTS
  • MORE PASSIVE VERBS: QAL, PUAL, AND HOPHAL
  • THE VERB: THE HITHPAEL
  • THE VERB: GEMINATE ROOTS
  • PARADIGMS
  • VOCABULARY
  • ANSWERS TO PRACTICE DRILLS
I have used Mark Futato's grammar in pre-publication form for the last four years at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson). It is an excellent grammar. It is simple, straightforward, and is self-explanatory. As a teacher of Hebrew, I have found it to be the best tool available to introduce students to the language. Many of our students have learned Hebrew well, and quite a few of them have gone on to further study in the language. I believe Futato's grammar has played an important role in that regard—students are not intimidated by Hebrew when they learn from this grammar.

—John D. Currid, Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament Reformed Theological Seminary

Each chapter of the grammar is divided into three sections: grammar, vocabulary and practice. The third section especially is helpful. A separation of new material from previous material learned occurs, prior to a demonstration of the place of the new material in the larger scheme. Constant reference to select portions from the Hebrew Bible maintains a practical focus in this third section of each chapter...The methodological advancement this grammar makes in communicating the content of Biblical Hebrew grammar to the newcomer places it among the best of teaching grammars on the market today.

—Bernon P. Lee, Department of Religious Studies, Grace College, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol 5

Mark D. Futato's new Hebrew grammar is a simple, thoughtful, and straightforward work that reflects genuine empathy for the beginning Hebrew student. The agenda of the book is to provide the fundamentals of the language unencumbered by information that may fog the road toward basic Hebrew competency. Futato's tenure in the classroom and interface with Hebrew novices prove to be an asset to Beginning Biblical Hebrew. The grammar's strength is Futato's keen pedagogical sensitivity reflected at various points in its appearance and presentation of the language...

...this work does provide in a most exemplary way everything essential for a quality introductory Hebrew grammar. That is why the strengths of Futato's grammar far outweigh any weaknesses. He offers everything a Hebrew student needs to form a substantial foundation for further Hebrew study while being user-friendly, creative, strategic, and judicious. This combination makes Beginning Biblical Hebrew one of the best Hebrew grammars available to the student and instructor today. Futato's work is commendable and deserves the attention of those who are serious about teaching or learning biblical Hebrew.

—Steven D. Mason, University of St. Andrews, Review of Biblical Literature, June 2004

As part of a growing number of grammars focused on assisting the beginning student of Biblical Hebrew, F.'s introduction provides a fine addition. Although the size is rather cumbersome, it allows for lessons to be set out clearly along with eye-catching charts and inserts. Each lesson is accompanied by a series of exercises, which are designed to deepen the knowledge gained from the current chapter and to test the recognition of earlier material. They challenge a variety of skills and notably deepen the recognition of the Hebrew roots. In addition, the incorporation of biblical sentences and passages in the exercises from the first lesson onward provides the student with immediate application. In terms of structure, the grammar benefits from introducing the qal of the strong verb early. It further benefits from user-friendly features such as the ability to cross-reference vocabulary with published cards, an answer key, an appendix of verbal paradigms, and a glossary.

—J. Middlemas, JSOT 28.5

Product Details

  • Title: Biblical Languages: Foundational Certificate Program
  • Instructors: John D. Schwandt and Mark D. Futato
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 4
  • Video Hours: 27
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 575

About the Instructors

Dr. John D. Schwandt is the Executive Director of Mobile Education for Faithlife. Before coming to Faithlife, he was one of the original professors at New Saint Andrews College where he taught Greek and New Testament for 17 years. He has over a decade of experience teaching online and developing distance educational curricula.

Schwandt earned his doctorate in Bible translation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He earned his master of arts from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho.

Schwandt is the founder of the Institute of Biblical Greek (BiblicalGreek.org) and the creator of the National Biblical Greek Exam, an online examination program. He was the general editor of the English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament: English Standard Version (Crossway Books, 2006), and he recorded an audio version of the Greek New Testament for the German Bible Society. You have heard his voice if you have clicked on any Greek word to hear it pronounced in Logos Bible Software.

Dr. Mark D. Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Futato received his PhD from The Catholic University of America. He served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in The New Living Translation, contributed study notes for the ESV Study Bible and the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.

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