Biblical Language Courses (BIL)

Biblical language courses are designed to provide the student with the ability to read the biblical text in its original languages, to apply sound exegetical methods to its interpretation, and to use these skills as the basis for exposition and communication of biblical truth. For Greek Exegesis II and Hebrew Exegesis, see BIE 600 and BIE 603 respectively.

BIL 500 - Introductory NT Greek I (3 Credits)
The student is introduced to the basic features of New Testament Greek, including grammar, vocabulary, and oral reading. The result is the ability to read the simpler portions of the New Testament with the aid of a Greek Lexicon. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.)
BIL 501 - Introductory NT Greek II (3 Credits)
The student continues in the basic features of NT Greek, with emphasis on some of the more complex aspects of Greek grammar. Vocabulary development and reading practice will be emphasized. As a result the student will gain proficiency in reading the Greek Testament and will be prepared for exegetical study. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.) Prerequisite: BIL 500 Introductory New Testament Greek I.
BIL 502 - NT Greek Exegesis I (3 Credits)
The student will develop exegetical method and skill in use of the Greek language. The course includes the study of syntax, an introduction to textual criticism, exposure to exegetical tools, and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: BIL 500, 501.
BIL 503 - Hebrew Tools (3 Credits)
An introduction to the elements of Biblical Hebrew, with a study of the requirements for Hebrew exegesis, and reading through the Hebrew text of a short Old Testament book with exegetical xercises. The course uses technology in the form of biblical software to deal with vocabulary and morphology, two of the most challenging issues in learning ancient languages. This enables the student to give special attention to Hebrew grammar and syntax with a view to developing a systematic approach to exegetical studies for a life time of meaningful and productive ministry.
BIL 504 - Elementary Hebrew I (3 Credits)
This course constitutes the first half of an introduction to the elements of Hebrew grammar, with an emphasis on morphology, phonology, parsing, vocabulary building, reading, and translation of simple sentences. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.)
BIL 505 - Elementary Hebrew II (3 Credits)
This course constitutes the second half of an introduction to the elements of Hebrew grammar, and includes coverage of the remaining paradigms, development of parsing skills, and an introduction to the basics of syntax. By the end of the course, the student should be able to translate selected portions of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a lexicon and to parse regular verb forms. (Note: for some Masters programs at ACTS and elsewhere, this course is considered a prerequisite and therefore is not given credit toward program requirements.) Prerequisites: BIL 504.
BIL 600 - Readings in New Testament Greek (3 Credits)
The focus of this course is on the enhancement of skills in translation and parsing and on the development of proficiency in syntactical and discourse analysis through the reading of selected texts in the Greek Bible. Prerequisite: BIL 502
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BIL 603 - Hebrew Readings (3 Credits)
The focus of this course is on the enhancement of skills in translation and parsing and on the development of proficiency in syntactical and discourse analysis through the reading of selected texts in the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: BIE 505.