With knowledge of Greek and Hebrew—the original languages of the Old and New Testaments—you will undoubtedly begin to read and understand God’s Word in a new light. Proficiency in these languages will also enable you to read, and perhaps eventually translate, other ancient and medieval original texts. In the biblical languages concentration, you will develop a strong foundation in Greek and Hebrew and dive into the world of exegesis.
In addition to offering coursework in Hebrew and classical and Koine Greek, Gordon is among only a handful of undergraduate colleges that offer coursework in Syriac—another important language for reading ancient texts and understanding the worldview of early Christians. Gordon’s partnership with nearby Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will expand your options for upper-level biblical language study.
Biblical languages students often pursue seminary or graduate studies, or go on to do Bible translation work around the world. As a biblical studies major, you will be biblically and theologically grounded to follow the vocation that God has given you. Our graduates serve in a variety of vocations, including:
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You can study the Bible on site by participating in one of our Jerusalem University College programs—including a three-week field study in Israel or a semester-long study abroad experience at the Jerusalem University College.
Through our partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary down the street, you can take up to eight credits in upper-level language courses or in other relevant areas of study alongside your courses at Gordon.
Enrich your biblical education—and more broadly, your liberal arts education—by studying abroad:
While the biblical studies major can be combined with almost any other academic program, the following work particularly well with the major:
You may also considering adding coursework in linguistics or ancient history to round out your understanding of the ancient world.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Mark Cannister
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries
The biblical languages concentration is part of the biblical studies major.