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Registration opens for Online Greek course
Course to be taught by renowned Greek scholar Voelz
The course is designed to serve three groups of prospective students: those who have completed the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program and are continuing on with the Specific Ministry Pastor to General Pastor Certification (SMP-GPC) Program, and those who have applied for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or for the Residential Alternate Route (RAR) programs. The course prepares these students to take the Entry Level Competency Exam (ELCE) in Greek, an entrance requirement.
If space is available in the course after SMP-GPC, M.Div. and RAR students have enrolled, anyone wishing to learn Greek also may enroll. The course has no prerequisites and is not for credit, but a solid understanding of English grammar is essential to success.
The course will be taught by Dr. James W. Voelz, the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology. Voelz is a preeminent Greek scholar who has taught the language for more than 45 years. He is the author of What Does This Mean? Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Post-Modern World, Fundamental Greek Grammar, and Mark 1:1–8:26 and Mark 8:27–16:8 in the Concordia Commentary series.
“We are having a very fine class this year, and I look forward to another great experience next year,” said Voelz. “It is always satisfying for me to see the texts of the New Testament open up for the students, as they grow in their mastery of the Greek language, with all its variety and subtlety. To anyone who is considering embarking on this adventure with me, I say: ‘Please sign up!’”
The schedule for the course consists of live online tutoring sessions from 3-5 p.m. (CT) on Thursdays. The first class will be Sept. 1. Students should plan to commit eight hours in study each week for the course. Registration for Part II, which will be taught during the spring semester, will be available in October.
Students are required to use the following textbooks:
- Fundamental Greek Grammar, 4th Revised Edition (Concordia Publishing House, 2019)
- Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th Edition (German Bible Society, 2012)
In addition to the online course, residential Greek courses are offered in the summer term and fall semester. RAR students are encouraged to enroll in either the summer residential course or the fall online course because they are ineligible to take the fall residential course.
For more information about the Seminary’s Greek courses, contact Rev. Jesse Kueker, admissions officer, at 314-505-7225 or [email protected]. To request an application, contact Gina Matzenbacher, administrative assistant in the Registrar’s office, at 314-505-7107 or [email protected].
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