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Hebrew and Greek Language Exams
Who Should Take the Language Exams?
MDIV students who have already taken and passed Hebrew or Greek at an accredited academic institution and have valid transcripts for those courses may take the language exams to "test out" of the language(s). Students who do not have official transcripts for Greek or Hebrew courses may not test out of the language(s).
What Will the Language Exams Cover?
The Greek exam tests the mastery of the content for both Greek 1 (3 hours) and Greek 2 (3 hours). The Hebrew Exam tests the mastery of the content for both Hebrew 1 (3 hours) and Hebrew 2 (3 hours). Exams are not given for individual courses. Consequently, MDIV students will be awarded 6 hours of Advanced Standing for passing the Greek Exam and 6 hours of Advanced Standing for passing the Hebrew Exam.
Students will be required to translate a number of different texts from different portions of the Bible and parse (analyze) both nominal and verbal forms from those texts. Language resources such as grammars, lexicons (Hebrew, Greek, or English for foreign students), parsing sheets, software, etc., will not be permitted for use during any language exam. Vocabulary or lexical items occurring less than 50 total times in the Hebrew or Greek Bibles will be provided (glossed) in the exam. There may also be a separate vocabulary component on the exams.
When Are the Language Exams Offered?
The Hebrew and Greek Language Exams are administered three times per academic year:
1. On the Friday before summer Greek begins.
2. On the Friday before the beginning of the Fall semester.
3. On the Friday before the beginning of the Spring semester.
Exams will begin at 9:00am in Biblical Studies Building Room 2 and the student will have three hours to complete the exam. For students taking both Hebrew and Greek exams on the same day, the second exam will begin at 1:00pm and the student will have three hours to complete the exam. All language exams must be taken at the RTS Jackson campus. Language exams may not be taken at a distance or at times other than those stipulated above.