Overview of the Program

The RTS Jackson Summer Institute for Biblical Languages (SIBL) provides thorough, intensive introductions to the biblical languages. Hebrew with Dr. Miles Van Pelt and Greek with Dr. Ben Gladd are offered during a special summer intensive in which each language is studied three hours per day, five days per week for eight weeks. During this eight week period, students will complete a full year of language study (Hebrew 1 and 2 or Greek 1 and 2).

 Benefits to this system are:

  1. Convenience - complete an entire year of language study in eight weeks.

  2. Proficiency - the intensive, immersion context is better suited for language acquisition than intermittent exposure during a regular academic year full of other distractions. Your proficiency after eight intensive weeks will normally be better than after one year at a regular academic pace.

  3. Community -  this intensive environment also creates strong community. We eat together. We play ultimate frisbee together. We study together. We worship together!

Do you love the gospel? Then come study the biblical languages in Jackson, MS this summer. If God has called you to gospel ministry, then he has called you to study the biblical languages - all of them - not to simply get by and use the tools, but to know God's Word better and be transformed by that Word into a minister of God's gospel! Martin Luther once said, "Without the languages, the gospel will surely perish!"

Who can attend the Summer Institute? 

Current students, alumni, and pastors -These courses are intended to provide a better educational context for the biblical languages given the increasing part-time nature of student enrollment. Any RTS student at an RTS campus can take these courses for credit. Additionally, pastors who would like to brush up on biblical language skills may find it to better fit their current ministry contexts.  RTS Alumni can take the courses for free.

Visiting or Special Students - Non-RTS students who wish to participate in the Summer Institute and receive credit must apply. If you are currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited seminary or graduate school, you may go through a very abbreviated application to become a Visiting Student. Others must apply at a minimum to be a Special Student. Find out more about Visiting Student or Special Student applications requirements here.


Upcoming Summer Schedule - View class dates and times for this summer under the "Summer" tab on our Upcoming Classes page.

Housing - For questions on campus housing during the Summer Institute please email housing.jackson@rts.edu. Singles housing is available for $30 per night, not to exceed $350 per month.

Tuition - For details about cost per credit hour, please see the tuition and fees page.

Textbooks - Find information on required and recommended text books under the course syllabus.

Questions? Email Admissions at admissions.jackson@rts.edu or call 601-923-1670 for more info.

Summer 2018 Schedule

 Greek I
Dr. Van Pelt
 June 18 - July 13  8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m. 
 Hebrew I
 Dr. Van Pelt
 June 18 - July 13 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Greek II
 Dr. Van Pelt
 July 16 - August 10  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
 Hebrew II
 Dr. Van Pelt
 July 16 - August 1010:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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