Seminaries offer Greek classes online

For the first time, both LCMS seminaries are offering their Greek courses online.

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is offering its Greek course “live” on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time, beginning Sept. 20.

“Based on the success of [on-campus] Saturday Greek instruction during its first eight years, we are very excited about using technology to expand its availability beyond the St. Louis region for the coming year,” said instructor Eric Stancliff.  “Many who are contemplating seminary enrollment perceive Greek to be a significant obstacle.  These Web-based classes will allow people across the country — and perhaps, even beyond — the opportunity to master New Testament Greek without leaving their current employment.”

Stancliff added that the course is open to anyone who is interested, including those who “wish to learn Greek for the benefit it will offer them in Bible study” and pastors who want to improve their Greek skills.

To be eligible to register for the course, students must have completed 48 semester hours of coursework from an accredited college or university.  A broadband Internet connection is required, along with headphones and a microphone.

Classes will generally follow the schedule for the seminary’s academic year, with breaks at holidays and between quarters.  Enrollment is limited, and financial aid is available.

For information or to register, contact the Registrar’s Office at (314) 505greek.gif-7107 or registrar@csl.edu.

The “Biblical Greek” course offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., allows students to study at any time, according to their own schedule.

“If they want to study Biblical Greek at midnight, or early in the morning, or during their lunch breaks — whatever fits into their schedule — they can do so in this program,” said Dr. Douglas Rutt, dean for Distance Learning at the seminary.  The idea, he added, is to enable students to begin the process of their seminary education before actually moving to Fort Wayne.

Teaching the course via video will be Dr. John Nordling, associate professor of Exegetical Theology.

The course begins Sept. 8 and continues for three quarters, ending May 22, 2009.  It will mirror the Biblical Greek course taught on campus and meet Greek language requirements for study at the seminary.

To view a sample lesson, go to www.ctsfw.edu/greekdemo.  For more information, contact Rev. William Johnson at (260) 452-3202 or william.johnson@ctsfw.edu.

Posted Sept. 4, 2008

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