Exploring the Role and Efficacy of Seminary Language Curricula
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Greek language--Study and teaching (Higher)
Hebrew language--Study and teaching (Higher)
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the role(s) and efficacy of biblical language studies in evangelical MDiv curricula. Six language professors, and twenty-four students who were in their last year of studies or who had graduated within the last year from six purposefully selected institutions were participants. The study addressed three research questions. What categories emerge from a literature review that can provide a framework for language studies at selected seminaries? How are curricular priorities and outcomes expressed in official seminary publications, with regard to biblical languages and language proficiency? How do selected students and professors express their respective values and priorities regarding language studies? Data sources consisted of a literature review; official seminary publications such as websites, syllabi, and course catalogs; and thirty one-hour, semi-structured interviews. The results provide implications and applications for both seminary language studies and the fruits of biblical language studies in the local church.