Summer 2020 COVID-19 ResponseSIBL Offered via Remote Residential Class Format
The Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at RTS Jackson will be offering its intensive, immersive original language training through remote residential classes in response to COVID-19. For the first time ever, admitted students from around the globe have the opportunity to receive world-class language instruction in Hebrew and Greek from the convenience of their own homes. Daily two hour instruction through live virtual classrooms will be provided by Dr. Miles Van Pelt (Hebrew) and Dr. Ben Gladd (Greek). Supplementary Q&A sessions (optional) will also be offered to students to assist in language acquisition.
Are you intimidated by the biblical languages?
We understand why learning Greek and Hebrew might be intimidating. But if you’re committed, you could learn the biblical languages in just 8 weeks. Hundreds of students — seminarians and lay leaders — do it every year during our Summer Institute for Biblical Languages. Take Hebrew with Dr. Miles Van Pelt or Greek with Dr. Ben Gladd during a special summer intensive in which each language is studied two hours per day, five days per week for eight weeks. During this eight week period, you will complete a full year of language study (Hebrew 1 and 2 or Greek 1 and 2).
Three Benefits of Learning Through Immersion
Complete an entire year of language study in eight weeks.
The intensive, immersion context is better suited for language acquisition than intermittent exposure during a regular academic year.
Study with others learning the languages and enjoy the perks of a live virtual classroom.
Study the languages at RTS Jackson.
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.
On-campus housing during the Summer Institute is available. Singles housing is available at $400 per month, to be pro-rated if necessary. Email Jim Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to obtain a housing application.