The Biblical Languages program at The Pillar Seminary is unique. It is designed specifically for students who want to achieve a level of reading fluency and comfort akin to that of a spoken language. This high-level ability is accomplished most efficiently and effectively by mirroring the natural language learning process, which centers around exposure to the target language in its environment. As such, taking one or two semesters to woodenly study beginning grammar is not a good use of time and resources. Instead, students at The Pillar Seminary gain basic proficiency in Biblical Hebrew and Greek through any one of several excellent online resources that utilize the same natural approach to language learning. Once basic proficiency is demonstrated, students enroll in a series of four reading courses in each language that progressively and more naturally build the students knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. This process results in a far higher degree of knowledge retention over time and makes meaningful language acquisition possible for a wider population of students than traditional formats.


Hebrew Reading


Hebrew Reading 1: Narrative

This course introduces students to narrative syntax and increases their working vocabulary. Large portions of Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Kings, and others are read as the student grows in their ability to read the text out-loud. Students are also introduced to the basics of using technical dictionaries and reference grammars. The objective is to gain a better understanding of the stories through a deeper understanding and appreciation of how the stories are told. This course builds on the understanding of story and plot taught in Biblical Narrative 1-2. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Basic Hebrew grammar and vocabulary proficiency, Biblical Narrative 1, 
Biblical Narrative 2


Hebrew Reading 2: Law

In this course, students work through legal portions of the Hebrew Bible, learning legal syntax and lexemes in effort to gain a better understanding of the Law. Students will learn how to do detailed word studies and begin to interact with technical commentaries. The ability to read the text aloud continues to be practiced and developed. Students will also review the context, purpose, and function of law in the ancient Near East. This course builds on the understanding of law established in Canon in Context 1: Torah. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Canon in Context 1: Torah, Hebrew Reading 1: Narrative


Hebrew Reading 3: Poetry

In this course, students develop their understanding of Hebrew poetry begun in Canon in Context 2: Writings. Concepts such as stanza, strophe, and parallelism are reviewed, examined, and enriched as students read, analyze, and discuss poems. The importance of sound and rhythm in poetry is introduced. Poetry from the Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations is examined. Students will continue to develop their vocabulary. A high level of ability in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary is required prior to entrance. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Canon in Context 2: Writings, Hebrew Reading 1: Narrative, Hebrew Reading 2: Law


Hebrew Reading 4: Prophecy

In this, the final Hebrew Reading course, students will combine all the skills developed in Biblical Narrative, Canon in Context, and Hebrew Reading courses. The course will focus on the Book of the Twelve. Students will continue to develop their ability to read the text aloud, increase their vocabulary, as well as hone their skills to do word studies and examine syntax. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Canon in Context 1: Torah, Canon in Context 2: Writings, Canon in 
Context 3: Prophets, Hebrew Reading 1: Narrative, Hebrew Reading 2: Law, Hebrew 
Reading 3: Poetry


Greek Reading


Greek Reading 1

This course introduces students to narrative syntax and increases their working vocabulary. Large portions of John and Mark are read as the student grows in their ability to read the text out-loud. Students are also introduced to the basics of using technical dictionaries and reference grammars. The objective is to gain a better understanding of the stories through a deeper understanding and appreciation of how the stories are told. This course builds on the understanding of story and plot taught in Biblical Narrative 1-2. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Basic Greek grammar and vocabulary proficiency, Biblical Narrative 1, 
Biblical Narrative 2


Greek Reading 2

In this course, students work through portions of Matthew’s Gospel as well as portions of John‘s and Paul’s letters, furthering skills of Gospel narrative exegesis and introducing epistolary exegetical skills. Students will learn how to do detailed word studies and begin to interact with technical commentaries. The ability to read the text aloud continues to be practiced and developed. This course builds on the skills introduced in Canon in Context 4: Gospels and Canon in Context 5: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Greek Reading 1, Canon in Context 4: Gospels, Canon in Context 5: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation


Greek Reading 3

This course will build on the previous reading courses by reading from Paul’s letters and also James and Jude. Additionally, portions of Revelation will be explored to provide further opportunity for apocalyptic literature to be studied. In addition to Revelation, extrabiblical apocalyptic literature will also be read. A high level of ability in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary is required prior to entrance. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Greek Reading 1, Greek Reading 2, Canon in Context 4: Gospels, 
Canon in Context 5: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation


Greek Reading 4

In this, the final Greek Reading course, students will combine all the skills developed in Biblical Narrative, Canon in Context, and Greek Reading courses. The course will focus on Luke-Acts and Hebrews, the most advanced Greek in the NT. Students will continue to develop their ability to read the text aloud, increase their vocabulary, as well as hone their skills to do word studies and examine syntax. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Greek Reading 1, Greek Reading 2, Greek Reading 3, Canon in Context 
4: Gospels, Canon in Context 5: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation