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Biblical Languages Minor

As a biblical languages minor at Whitworth, you will have the opportunity to read the Bible in its original languages and to develop a broad range of tools for studying and interpreting the Bible faithfully. In a time of conflict and confusion over the meaning of biblical texts, it is more important than ever to model carefulness and love in reading, interpreting and applying Scripture. For many students in our program, learning Greek and Hebrew opens up a lasting intimacy with the Bible that profoundly shapes their entire life.

Why minor in biblical languages at Whitworth? 

  • Dive deep into the Bible and explore Scripture in a new way. Students are often surprised at how much they notice in the Bible that they never saw before.
  • Engage in a fun learning environment. Courses are often filled with laughter, and language learning is reinforced through songs, games and skits meant to bring the language to life.
  • Get to know your professors inside and outside of the classroom. Classes are small and interactive, and some courses involve backpacking trips, meetings at local restaurants, and celebrations of traditional Jewish feasts.
  • Develop skills through opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant or research assistant.
  • Explore ancient and modern cultures. The ability to read biblical Greek and Hebrew enables students to navigate the world of ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Greek, Hellenistic and early Christian cultures. Plus, study-abroad programs in Greece and Israel offer a deeper appreciation of these modern cultures.
  • Prepare for advanced graduate-level study. Students who go on to graduate programs often receive generous scholarships due to the skills they gained through studying Greek and Hebrew.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our biblical languages grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Graduates with a biblical languages minor from Whitworth are equipped with skills to read, analyze and interpret the Bible in careful and faithful ways. Many of our graduates have gone on to full-time pastoral work, joined nonprofits, practiced business or law, or assumed university teaching posts.

Recent job placements include:

  • Rev. Rachel M. Toone, dean of spiritual formation, Montreat College
  • Tyler Kirkpatrick, pastor, Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church
  • Kylie Guenther, pastoral assistant, Kemnay Parish Church of Scotland
  • Michael Bouterse, director, Thrive Ministries
  • Rev. Kari Olson, pastor, East Falls Presbyterian Church

Our recent biblical languages grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Duke Divinity School
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Regent College
  • Fuller Seminary
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Oxford University

Ask our faculty

Ask Jonathan

Associate Professor Jonathan Moo specializes in New Testament and early Judaism. He also teaches courses in Greek.

Ask Will

Associate Professor Will Kynes specializes in Hebrew Bible and the history of interpretation. He also teaches courses in Hebrew.

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