Greek and Hebrew Competency Requirement

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Students should recognize that 1) establishing Greek and Hebrew competency by itself does not mean that they are prepared for the translation portions of the comprehensive exam at the end of the MA in Biblical Exegesis (MABE) program, and 2) students are responsible to prepare themselves for the translation portions of the comprehensive exam; the MABE courses, while they require Greek and Hebrew competency, are not language courses as such.

The following relates to the prerequisites of Hebrew and Greek language competency.

BITH 524 (Introduction to Hermeneutics) is a prerequisite for all Hebrew and Greek exegesis courses (BITH 532, 635, 646). There is no language competency prerequisite for BITH 524 and this course may be taken either before, during, or after BITH 562 (Introduction to Old Testament Exegesis = OTX) and 528 (Introduction to New Testament Exegesis = NTX).

 

Hebrew language competency is a prerequisite for BITH 562 (OTX).

BITH 562 is a prerequisite for all BITH 635 (Hebrew OT) exegesis courses.

Greek language competency is a prerequisite for BITH 528 (NTX).

BITH 528 is a prerequisite for all BITH 532 (LXX) and 646 (Greek NT) exegesis courses.

Among the exegesis courses, BITH 532 (LXX), because it is the Greek version of the Old Testament, uniquely carries the prerequisites of both BITH 528 (NTX) and Hebrew language competency.

 


Exegesis Courses

BITH 635 OT

BITH 532 LXX

BITH 646 NT

Prerequisites

BITH 528 NTX


X

X

BITH 562 OTX

X



Greek competency


X

X

Hebrew competency

X

X


BITH 524 Herm.

X

X

X

 

 

The prerequisite for BITH 528 NTX is basic Greek competency as follows:

  • If a student has had three semesters of undergrad Greek immediately prior to enrolling here, and if their grades have been C- or better, they do not need to take the competency exam. They can enroll in NTX in their first semester.
  • If it has been a semester or more since last completing Greek, or if they scored lower than a C- in any of their semesters of Greek, or if they didn't complete all three semesters, they must sit for the competency.
  • If competency is not proven, the student will be required to take one to three semesters of Greek (GREK 101, 102, 201); see Ancient Language Tuition Rebate.
  • Normally, NTX will be offered during both fall and spring semesters.

 

The prerequisite for BITH 562 OTX is basic Hebrew competency as follows:

  • If a student has had three semesters of undergrad Hebrew immediately prior to enrolling here, and if their grades have been C- or better, they do not need to take the competency exam. They can enroll in OTX in their first semester.
  • If it has been a semester or more since last completing Hebrew, or if they scored lower than a C- in any of their semesters of Hebrew, or if they didn't complete all three semesters, they must sit for the competency.
  • If competency is not proven, the student will be required to take one to three semesters of Hebrew (HEBR 301, 302, 401); see Ancient Language Tution Rebate.
  • Normally, OTX will be offered during both fall and spring semesters.

Competency exams are designed for placement for those who took their languages elsewhere. The competency exam cannot be used for enrolled students to skip steps.

  • Students enrolled in the MABE program will not be allowed to audit Hebrew 301, 302, or 401 or Greek 101, 102, or 201. They must begin at whatever level they are placed and take the courses for credit.
  • Students enrolled in the MABE program will not be allowed to skip any required semester of Hebrew or Greek and just take the competency exam.
  • NOTE: These policies are set so that students will have a greater opportunity to reach the level of competence in the language that will enable them to succeed in the program and pass the comprehensive exams.

Greek/Hebrew Competency Exams

Competency Tests will be given in the Spring, Winter and Summer before the start of each session. For more information, please contact the Foreign Languages Secretary at 630-752-5039. A per test fee will be charged to your student account upon registration. This fee is refundable up to 24 hours before the test. Refunds requested later than the deadline are given at the discretion of the department.

Register for the Greek/Hebrew Competency exam

Competency goals for Greek 101, 102, 201 and for Hebrew 301, 302

Students should recognize that 1) establishing Greek and Hebrew competency by itself does not mean that they are prepared for the translation portions of the comprehensive exam at the end of the MA in Biblical Exegesis (MABE) program, and 2) students are responsible to prepare themselves for the translation portions of the comprehensive exam; the MABE courses, while they require Greek and Hebrew competency, are not language courses as such.

The following relates to the prerequisites of Hebrew and Greek language competency.

BITH 524 (Introduction to Hermeneutics) is a prerequisite for all Hebrew and Greek exegesis courses (BITH 532, 635, 646). There is no language competency prerequisite for BITH 524 and this course may be taken either before, during, or after BITH 562 (Introduction to Old Testament Exegesis = OTX) and 528 (Introduction to New Testament Exegesis = NTX).

 

Hebrew language competency is a prerequisite for BITH 562 (OTX).

BITH 562 is a prerequisite for all BITH 635 (Hebrew OT) exegesis courses.

Greek language competency is a prerequisite for BITH 528 (NTX).

BITH 528 is a prerequisite for all BITH 532 (LXX) and 646 (Greek NT) exegesis courses.

Among the exegesis courses, BITH 532 (LXX), because it is the Greek version of the Old Testament, uniquely carries the prerequisites of both BITH 528 (NTX) and Hebrew language competency.

 


Exegesis Courses

BITH 635 OT

BITH 532 LXX

BITH 646 NT

Prerequisites

BITH 528 NTX


X

X

BITH 562 OTX

X



Greek competency


X

X

Hebrew competency

X

X


BITH 524 Herm.

X

X

X

 

 

The prerequisite for BITH 528 NTX is basic Greek competency as follows:

  • If a student has had three semesters of undergrad Greek immediately prior to enrolling here, and if their grades have been C- or better, they do not need to take the competency exam. They can enroll in NTX in their first semester.
  • If it has been a semester or more since last completing Greek, or if they scored lower than a C- in any of their semesters of Greek, or if they didn't complete all three semesters, they must sit for the competency.
  • If competency is not proven, the student will be required to take one to three semesters of Greek (GREK 101, 102, 201); see Ancient Language Tuition Rebate.
  • Normally, NTX will be offered during both fall and spring semesters.

 

The prerequisite for BITH 562 OTX is basic Hebrew competency as follows:

  • If a student has had three semesters of undergrad Hebrew immediately prior to enrolling here, and if their grades have been C- or better, they do not need to take the competency exam. They can enroll in OTX in their first semester.
  • If it has been a semester or more since last completing Hebrew, or if they scored lower than a C- in any of their semesters of Hebrew, or if they didn't complete all three semesters, they must sit for the competency.
  • If competency is not proven, the student will be required to take one to three semesters of Hebrew (HEBR 301, 302, 401); see Ancient Language Tution Rebate.
  • Normally, OTX will be offered during both fall and spring semesters.

Competency exams are designed for placement for those who took their languages elsewhere. The competency exam cannot be used for enrolled students to skip steps.

  • Students enrolled in the MABE program will not be allowed to audit Hebrew 301, 302, or 401 or Greek 101, 102, or 201. They must begin at whatever level they are placed and take the courses for credit.
  • Students enrolled in the MABE program will not be allowed to skip any required semester of Hebrew or Greek and just take the competency exam.
  • NOTE: These policies are set so that students will have a greater opportunity to reach the level of competence in the language that will enable them to succeed in the program and pass the comprehensive exams.

Greek/Hebrew Competency Exams

Competency Tests will be given in the Spring, Winter and Summer before the start of each session. For more information, please contact the Foreign Languages Secretary at 630-752-5039. A per test fee will be charged to your student account upon registration. This fee is refundable up to 24 hours before the test. Refunds requested later than the deadline are given at the discretion of the department.

Register for the Greek/Hebrew Competency exam

Competency goals for Greek 101, 102, 201 and for Hebrew 301, 302