Cross In the Beginning . . . The Presence in the Midst Check out my "Peace Church Bible Study Home Page" at Most of my Biblical Studies and Quaker Studies content is there; this one is just for classes and projects at Bethany Theological Seminary (including the Brethren Academy).

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Projects for Bethany Theological Seminary, and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership

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This web page was last updated on 1 December 2012

New Testament Greek I-II

Greek II begins January 29, 2013. This is a second semester of beginning Greek, covering the second half of introductory Greek grammar and vocabulary. If you have sufficient prior preparation in biblical Greek, please email the instructor to discuss whether this course would be a good fit for you. Greek I-II is offered in alternate years; Greek I is next scheduled for August, 2014.

Whether you're enrolled or not, you're welcome to use the material in the Greek I pre-course assignment to learn to pronounce the Greek alphabet and sound out words and sentences in New Testament Greek. For other online resources for learning the biblical languages, visit For online help at any stage of biblical Greek studies, check out the Biblical Greek Forum, B-Greek.

Introduction to Biblical Studies

This course is primarily for students in the TRIM (TRaining In Ministry) program of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. The next Orientation session is scheduled for August 1-4, 2013, with the online Intro to Biblical Studies course lasting for 8 weeks after Orientation. Here is a typical pre-Orientation assignment, in case you'd like to get some idea what the course will be like. Please note that I have changed the required Bible Dictionary for courses beginning summer 2011, from the Oxford (and before that, Eerdmans), to the newly-revised HarperCollins. I also plan to add a third (very small) book for the course beginning August 2013. Two online resources I expect students in this class to use: my Biblical Studies Glossary and my reference sheet for interpreting the valuable NRSV Text & Translation Notes.

Introduction to the New Testament

January 28 - March 22, 2013

Church of the Brethren's Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center

Upcoming courses:
Romans Sept 24 - Nov 2, 2012 - COMPLETE
Jonah Feb 11 - Mar 22, 2013

In recent years, I have taught online courses on the books of Judges, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah and "Matthew and the Brethren." These are continuing education type courses, available to Brethren Academy students and interested others (including Quakers). They are completely online and the cost is nominal. For courses on particular books of the Bible, I generally use volumes of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series to complement our primary focus on the biblical text. In each course we also study a little bit of the original language, Hebrew and/or Greek as appropriate.

Learning Biblical Hebrew and Greek

I continue to explore venues for helping persons with an interest in the Bible get started learning Greek and Hebrew. I generally include a short introduction to the Hebrew language in my OT courses, and the Greek language in my NT courses. In the past I've prepared workbooks and audio CDs, in an effort to help students learn enough to sound out words and appreciate thoroughly-explained examples; nowadays I just post the materials online, in the course, for students to download. Here's one of my recent efforts -- even if you don't know the Hebrew alef-bet! First open the explanation document in one window, and then play the sound file to hear the verse pronounced. For other online resources for learning the biblical languages, visit; although I have to confess I've not updated it for quite some time!

Other Activities

Peace Church Bible Study Home Page - my primary personal site

Friendly Bible Study Online version of Joanne & Larry Spears pamphlet, long popular among Friends. I'm hoping to get permission to post others of my favorite print resources for public use.

Another online Greek course I teach, through Knox College of Universtiy of Toronto.

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