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In the Biblical Languages: Intermediate Certificate Program you’ll build competence in the biblical languages—both Hebrew and Greek—and in exegesis of the Old and New Testaments. Starting with a study of the alphabets and pronunciation, you’ll move into learning Hebrew and Greek grammatical forms. Exercises and practice readings will reinforce your understanding along the way. You’ll learn how to observe, interpret, and apply the Christian Scriptures through twelve logical steps. These courses will guide you in studying and understanding the Bible from the original languages and into the mechanics of good exegesis and theology.

Interactive Hebrew Alphabet Course is forthcoming.

How to Apply for a Mobile Ed Certificate of Completion

  1. Complete all Mobile Ed courses in this certificate program. This involves viewing all videos and taking all quizzes.
  2. Write a 750-word response on any topic covered for each course in the certificate program. Post your response to the appropriate Faithlife group in the comments section. Search course code here to find group.
  3. Email certificate@faithlife.com once you have completed all videos and quizzes and have posted responses in the appropriate Faithlife group for each Mobile Ed course in the certificate program. Please include your full name, title of completed certificate program, and links for each Faithlife group post in your email.
  4. Our certificate program team will review the application and email the Certificate of Completion once you have completed all requirements. Please allow 7–10 business days for review.

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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:

Greek Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Course Orientation
  • The Greek Alphabet
  • Greek Alphabet Song
  • Vowels
  • Consonant Stops
  • Double Consonants, Consonant Blends, and Liquids
  • Diacritical Marks
  • Pronouncing Words
  • Reading Greek

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.

HB091 Interactive Hebrew Alphabet Course

  • Instructor: Mark Futato
  • Video Hours: 1

For serious study of the Old Testament you need to be able to recognize the original words of the Hebrew Bible 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 Hebrew alphabet and showing you how to pronounce whole words. To help you master the Hebrew 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. Whether you are just curious about the alphabet or are planning to study biblical Hebrew, this course provides a fantastic foundation for recognizing Hebrew letters and words so you can work with all of the words the Lord has preserved for us in the Old Testament.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Recite the Hebrew alphabet from memory
  • Pronounce each letter in the alphabet
  • Pronounce Hebrew words and passages
  • Be able to start learning Hebrew vocabulary

Contents:

Hebrew Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Course Orientation
  • The Hebrew Alphabet
  • Consonants with Multiple Sounds and Forms
  • Vowels
  • Sheva and Dagesh
  • Syllables
  • Accents
  • Pronouncing Words
  • Reading Hebrew

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.

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 Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Pronunciation
  • English Square of Stops
  • Greek Square of Stops
  • Sibilants
  • Nasals and Liquids
  • Vowels, Semivowels, and Digraphs
  • The Alphabet
  • Punctuation and Accent Marks
  • Breathing Marks and IōtaSubscript
  • 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 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 Nouns
  • 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
  • Semivowel 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
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 andΟ-Type
  • Vocabulary 22
  • Exercises: Translating 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
  • Vocabulary 25
  • Exercises: Translating Subjunctives
  • 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

BI205 Old Testament Exegesis: Understanding and Applying the Old Testament

  • Instructor: Jason DeRouchie
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 15

Embark on a journey of OT Hebrew exegesis with Jason DeRouchie. The books of the OT were the only Scriptures Jesus had. It was books like Genesis and Deuteronomy, Isaiah and Psalms that shaped Jesus’ upbringing and that guided His life in ministry as the Jewish Messiah. It was these Scriptures that Jesus identified as God’s Word and that He considered to be authoritative; it was these Scriptures that He believed called people to know and believe in God and guarded them against doctrinal error and hell. This course will give you the tools you need to access meaning in the OT and then apply it to your life. It will help you to grow in reading God’s living Word for depth and not just distance.

Contents:

Unit 1: Text Boundaries
  • Basic Rules for Text Boundaries
  • Identifying Text Blocks
  • Distinguishing Text Types
  • Delimiting Paragraphs
  • Transition/Climax Markers
  • Markers of Immediate Significance and Inference
  • Citation Formulas
  • Text Boundaries for Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 2: Text Criticism
  • The Nature of Text Criticism: An Overview
  • Book Titles, Arrangement, and the Masorah
  • The Textual Apparatus
  • The Most Important Texts and Versions
  • Some Common Scribal Errors
  • Guidelines for Text Criticism
  • Text Criticism in Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 3: Translation
  • Making Your Translation
  • Engaging Different Translations and Translation Theory
  • The Importance of Day 6 in Genesis 1
  • Made for Praise in Zephaniah 3:20
  • Translation of Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 4: Grammar
  • A Man after God’s Heart? Grammar in 1 Samuel 13:14
  • What Is Grammar?
  • Clauses and Sentences
  • Delimiting Clauses and the Thought Flow of Exodus 19:4
  • Markers of Immediate Significance
  • The Inference Markers and the Use of וְעַתָּה in Exodus 19:5
  • Thought Flow of Genesis 12:1–3
  • Verbless Clauses: Subject vs. Predicate
  • The Grammar of the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4
  • Text Blocks, Reported Speech, and Embedded Discourse
  • More on Marked and Unmarked Clauses: Part 1
  • More on Marked and Unmarked Clauses: Part 2
  • Determining the Protasis and Apodosis in Exodus 19:4–6
  • The Thought Flow of Exodus 19:4–6
  • The Function of כִּי in Exodus 19:4–6
  • The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible: An Overview
  • The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible on Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 5: Structure
  • Stage 1: Capturing the Logical Relationships
  • Logical Relationships in Genesis 12:1–3
  • Logical Relationships in Habakkuk 3:17–19
  • Logical Relationships in Exodus 19:4–6
  • Stage 2: Exegetical Outlining—An Introduction
  • Stage 2: Exegetical Outlining—The Process in Genesis 12:1–3
  • Exegetical Outline of Habakkuk 3:17–19
  • Exegetical Outline of Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 6: Genre
  • Defining Genre and Its Relationship to Exodus 19:4–6
  • Putting Genre within Its Biblical Context
  • Genre Analysis and the OT’s Polemical Theology
  • Differences of Genre and the Question of Historicity
  • Psalms
  • The Variety of the Psalm Genres
  • Psalms of Lament, Trust, and Thanksgiving
  • Genre Analysis: Benefits and Cautions
  • Narrative
  • The Distinctive Nature of Biblical Narrative
  • Biblical Narratives—Factual History or Myth?
  • Guidelines for Interpreting OT Narrative
  • Interpreting the Historical Narrative in 1 Kings
  • Prophecy
  • The Distinctive Nature of YHWH Prophecy
  • The Categories of Prophetic Oracles
  • Principles for Interpreting OT Prophecy: Part 1
  • Principles for Interpreting OT Prophecy: Part 2
  • Law as a Subset of Prophecy
  • Proverbs
  • General Characteristics of Biblical Proverbs
  • Reconsidering the Familiar Proverbs
  • Are There Ever Absolute Proverbs?
Unit 7: Word Studies
  • Understanding Your Lexicons and Theological Wordbooks
  • Principles for Using Your Lexicon and Performing Word Studies
  • Four Factors to Remember When Doing Word Studies
  • סְגֻלָּה (“Treasured Possession”) in Exodus 19:5: Part 1
  • סְגֻלָּה (“Treasured Possession”) in Exodus 19:5: Part 2
  • זֶ֫רַע (“Seed”) in the OT
  • “YHWH” in Zephaniah
Unit 8: Historical Context
  • Key Questions for Assessing Historical Context
  • Key Spheres in Which to Establish Historical Context
  • Shared Assumptions and the Bible’s Clarity
  • Engaging Historical Context Errors and Guidelines
  • The Historical Context of 1 Samuel 13:14
  • Geographical Details in Deuteronomy 1:1
  • The Historical Context of Exodus 19:4–6
Unit 9: Literary Context
  • Grasping Literary Context
  • The Theological Message of Each OT Book (The OT in Ten Minutes)
  • The Literary Flow of Psalms
  • Psalm 121 in Its Literary Context
  • Flow of Thought in the Book of the Twelve
  • The Literary Context of Exodus 19:4–6: Part 1
  • The Literary Context of Exodus 19:4–6: Part 2
Unit 10: Biblical Theology
  • The Presuppositions of Biblical Theology: Part 1
  • The Presuppositions of Biblical Theology: Part 2
  • Biblical Theology’s Task
  • Biblical Theology and Salvation-Historical Connections: Part 1
  • Biblical Theology and Salvation-Historical Connections: Part 2
  • Biblical Theology and Literary-Canonical Connections
  • Biblical Theology and the Relationship of the Testaments
  • Biblical Theology and the Centrality of Christ
  • The Bible’s Frame, Form, Focus, and Fulcrum
  • The Kingdom of Priests in Exodus 19:4–6 and Redemptive History: Part 1
  • The Kingdom of Priests in Exodus 19:4–6 and Redemptive History: Part 2
Unit 11: Systematic Theology
  • What Is Systematic Theology?
  • Systematic Theology and Exodus 19:4–6: Soteriology
  • Systematic Theology and Exodus 19:4–6: Missiology
  • Ecclesiology and Eschatology in Zephaniah 3:9–10
Unit 12: Pastoral Theology
  • The Importance and Challenge of Applying the OT
  • Reasons the OT Is Still Important
  • The OT Was Written for Christians: Part 1
  • The OT Was Written for Christians: Part 2
  • Guidelines for Application with a Look at Exodus 19:4–6: Part 1
  • Guidelines for Application with a Look at Exodus 19:4–6: Part 2
  • The Christian and OT Law
  • Establishing the Law’s Relevance for Christians
  • Assessing the Threefold Division of the Law
  • Guidelines for Applying OT Law
  • House Building with Love in Deuteronomy 22:8
  • Gender Confusion in Deuteronomy 22:5
  • Keeping the Sabbath in Deuteronomy 5:12: Part 1
  • Keeping the Sabbath in Deuteronomy 5:12: Part 2
  • The Christian and OT Promises
  • The Challenge and Necessity of Applying OT Promises to Christians
  • Guidelines for the Christian’s Application of OT Promises: Part 1
  • Guidelines for the Christian’s Application of OT Promises: Part 2
  • Kept in Perfect Peace in Isaiah 26:3: Part 1
  • Kept in Perfect Peace in Isaiah 26:3: Part 2
  • Preaching Christ and the Gospel from the OT

Jason S. DeRouchie received his PhD at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is associate professor of Old Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is coauthor of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew and A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew: Workbook.

BI206 New Testament Exegesis: Understanding and Applying the New Testament

  • Instructor: Andy Naselli
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 14

When people interpret the Bible, even though they may have the best motives in the world, they can still read their ideas into the Bible rather than draw out what the author originally intended to mean. Don’t miss the whole point of exegesis. It’s to know and worship God. Dr. Naselli will help you exegete the New Testament texts in a way that spreads a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by exploring the concepts of genre, theology, translation, and much more. Exegesis and theology are thrilling because they help you know and worship God, and only God satisfies.

Contents:

Unit 1: Introduction to Exegesis and Theology
  • What Is Exegesis?
  • Twelve Steps for Exegesis and Theology
  • How Do Exegesis and Theology Interrelate?
  • Which Is More Valuable: 10 minutes of Prayer or 10 Hours of Study?
  • Why You Should Organize Your Personal Theological Library and a Way How
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 2: Genre: Establish Rules for Interpreting a Passage’s Style of Literature
  • Why Start with Genre Instead of Textual Criticism?
  • What Are Some General Principles for Interpreting the Bible?
  • How Should We Interpret Figures of Speech?
  • What Genres Are the Gospels and Acts, and How Do They Relate to Each Other?
  • How Should We Interpret the Gospels and Acts?
  • How Should We Interpret Jesus’ Parables?
  • Example: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • How Should We Interpret the Epistles?
  • How Should We Interpret Revelation?
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 3: Textual Criticism: Establish the Original Wording
  • What Is Textual Criticism?
  • How Should You Evaluate Variant Readings?
  • What about the KJV-Only View?
  • Example: “If I Deliver Up My Body That I May Boast” vs “If I Deliver Up My Body to Be Burned”
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 4: Translation: Translate the Greek Text and Compare Other Translations
  • Four Qualities That Make a Translation Excellent
  • Three Main Approaches to Translation
  • How Do Contemporary English Bible Versions Compare?
  • Are the NASB and ESV Always More Formal Than the NIV?
  • How to Disagree about Bible Translation Philosophy
  • What to Do Instead of Bickering about Which Bible Translation Is the Best: Part 1
  • What to Do Instead of Bickering about Which Bible Translation Is the Best: Part 2
  • Translating Figurative Language and Cultural Issues
  • The Importance of Dignified Translations
  • Translating with Gender Accuracy
  • Footnotes in Bible Translations
  • Three Examples: Matthew 6:34, Romans 11:33, and 1 Corinthians 7:1
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 5: Greek Grammar: Words, Phrases, and Clauses
  • What Are the Basics of Greek Grammar? (Part 1)
  • What Are the Basics of Greek Grammar? (Part 2)
  • Identifying and Analyzing Exegetically Significant Words, Phrases, and Clauses
  • Analyzing the Nominative Case
  • Analyzing the Genitive Case
  • Analyzing the Dative Case
  • Analyzing the Accusative Case
  • Analyzing Articles
  • Analyzing Verbal Aspect
  • Analyzing Infinitives
  • Analyzing Participles: Part 1
  • Analyzing Participles: Part 2
  • Analyzing Antecedents of Pronouns
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 6: Argument Diagram: Trace the Logical Argument by Arcing, Bracketing, or Phrasing
  • Why Tracing the Argument Is the Best Part about Knowing Greek
  • How Do Propositions Relate to Each Other?
  • Tracing the Argument with an Argument Diagram: Arcing, Bracketing, and Phrasing
  • Eight Steps for Phrasing
  • Why Phrasing Is My Favorite Method for Tracing the Argument
  • Example: Phrasing Peter
  • Example: Phrasing Matthew
  • Example: Phrasing Jude
  • Example: Phrasing Romans
  • Example: Phrasing Colossians
  • Example: Phrasing Romans
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 7: Historical-Cultural Context: Authorship
  • Is “Background Information” Ever Necessary to Understand the Bible?
  • Two Examples Where “Background Information” Is Necessary to Understand the Bible
  • If “Background Information” Is Necessary to Understand the Bible, Does that Mean that the Bible Isn’t Sufficiently Clear?
  • Analyzing the Historical-Cultural Context of a New Testament Book or Passage
  • Mirror Reading: Good and Necessary but Dangerous
  • What Primary Resources Should You Use to Understand the Historical-Cultural Context?
  • Six Ways to Use Jewish and Graeco-Roman Resources Responsibly
  • Example: “It Is Easier for a Camel to Go through the Eye of a Needle” (Matt 19:24)
  • Example: Rhetoric in 1 Corinthians 2:1–5
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 8: Literary Context: Understand the Role a Passage Plays in Its Whole Book
  • What Are the Different Levels of the Literary Context?
  • Theological Message of Each Book in the New Testament: The New Testament in 10 minutes
  • Four Practical Suggestions for Reading the New Testament in Its Literary Context
  • How to Memorize an Entire New Testament Book and Why
  • Example: “Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged” (Matt 7:1)
  • Example: “I Can Do All Things through Him Who Strengthens Me” (Phil 4:13)
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 9: Word Studies: Unpack Key words, Phrases, and Concepts
  • Why Are Word Studies Important?
  • Four Steps for Doing a Word Study
  • Four Common Dangers to Avoid When Doing Word Studies: Part 1
  • Four Common Dangers to Avoid When Doing Word Studies: Part 2
  • A Thought Experiment on Poor Commentaries
  • Example: συνείδησις (Conscience)
  • Example: σάρξ and πνεῦμα (Flesh and Spirit)
  • Example: μὴ γένοιτο (God Forbid!)
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 10: Biblical Theology: Integration of the Old and New Testaments
  • You Are Here: A Quick Reminder of Where We Are on the Exegetical-Theological Map
  • What Is Biblical Theology?: Part 1
  • What Is Biblical Theology?: Part 2
  • Illustration: Harry Potter and Some Other Stories
  • Example: Holiness
  • Example: Temple (1 Cor 6:19–20)
  • Example: Mystery (Eph 3:1–6)
  • Example: Work
  • Motivation to Do Biblical Theology
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 11: Historical Theology: Study of Significant Exegetes and Theologians
  • What Is Historical Theology, and Who Are Some of the Most Significant Exegetes and Theologians?
  • Ten Reasons to Study Historical Theology: Part 1
  • Ten Reasons to Study Historical Theology: Part 2
  • Example: Keswick Theology
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 12: Systematic Theology: Discern How a Passage Theologically Coheres with the Whole Bible
  • What Is Systematic Theology?
  • Ten Corresponding Strengths and Dangers of Systematic Theology: Part 1
  • Ten Corresponding Strengths and Dangers of Systematic Theology: Part 2
  • Ten Corresponding Strengths and Dangers of Systematic Theology: Part 3
  • Ten Corresponding Strengths and Dangers of Systematic Theology: Part 4
  • Example: What Is the Gospel?
  • Example: The Logical Problem of Evil
  • Resources for Further Study
Unit 13: Practical Theology: Apply the Text to Yourself, the Church, and the World
  • What Is Practical Theology?
  • Six Guidelines for Applying the Bible: Part 1
  • Six Guidelines for Applying the Bible: Part 2
  • Six Guidelines for Applying the Bible: Part 3
  • Six Guidelines for Applying the Bible: Part 4
  • Example: How Paul Uses Isaiah and Job in Romans 11:34–35
  • Example: How Should You Work?
  • Resources for Further Study

Andy Naselli serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology. He teaches courses primarily at the seminary-level on Greek exegesis, New Testament, biblical theology, and systematic theology. He loves to study and teach how the theological disciplines (exegesis, biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, and practical theology) interrelate and culminate in doxology.

Andy earned two PhDs before he turned thirty: a PhD in theology from Bob Jones University and a PhD in New Testament Exegesis and Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under D. A. Carson. He served as Carson’s research assistant from 2006 to 2013 and continues to work with him on various projects, including the theological journal Themelios, for which Carson is editor and Andy is administrator.

Prior to coming to the Bethlehem College & Seminary in 2013, Andy taught New Testament Greek at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he continues to teach Bible and theology as adjunct faculty at several other seminaries.

Andy and his wife, Jenni, have been married since 2004, and God has blessed them with three girls.

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 academically sound and student 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

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