Biblical Speech Class

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This class would be centered around understanding specific words in the Bible that may lose meaning or specific interpretations when translated to English.  It is meant to give more insight to the Biblical text itself to the average reader.

Books: Complete Bible, no preference in translation.  Handouts would be made available for the original language pieces to see context.
More Light on the Path: Daily Scripture Readings in Hebrew & Greek, by Baker, Heath and Baker.  (see here)
(i have not read, but fits what i want to do) How Biblical Languages Work, by Silzer & Finley (amazon)
Praying the Names of God and Praying the Names of Jesus by Arin Spangler (God and Jesus)  These are good praying books… I have prayed through Names of God book and absolutely loved it and it helps give a new perspective on meaning.

Incorporated into class:

  Journal to react to daily readings book. (would only require

  Paper on one uniquely biblical word.

Only a few vocabulary  word quizzes

Week 1) Biblical languages as a whole– This would include a basic review of the alphabet for each language (yes, in one week since we’re ONLY looking at the alphabet and its helpful for people to be able to recognize what a “alpha” is.)  as well as a review of the languages used in the Bible (i.e. Hebrew based on 3-character roots & Greek based on conjugation and declination of nouns and verbs.)

Week 2) Start bi-weekly quizzes, this week on alphabets.  Start looking at Genesis 1 & 2.  Two words to study–“to create” and ”  in the beginning.”  Also include a view of the Hebrew word “ruach” or “breathe” and its significance in Genesis.  Readings would include 1st weeks daily scriptures.

Week 3) John 1 “Logos” review and “tabernacled” in Greek.  Review of the importance of these words theologically.

Week 4) Israel’s Language–review of specific words (no more than 8-10) that are part of the journey from Eden through the Exodus until the entrance into the promise land.  Words such as “manna” and “b’rit” (covenant) and others.  

Week 5) Words of the Gospels—reviewing Greek words that play out in the significance of the Gospel writers.

Week 6) “The Word of the Lord”–prophets and their words.  Review of the major Israelite prophets, starting with Moses through Malachi.

Week 7) Paul’s Written Speech–Review of Paul’s use of greek words that play a significant part in his theology.  Certain words such as sarx in Greek and others.

Week 8) Apocalyptic Review–review of terms such as “Son of Man” in Hebrew in Daniel/Ezra and review of Revelation.

Week 9) Foreign Language Fun–This would just be a review of people in the class and their understanding of ANY foreign language translation of the Bible.  Possibly would consider a presentation where student reviews a specific words in a specific language, its interpretation from the original language (Greek/Hebrew) or reviews a specific translation’s version other than their native tongue (probably no English.)

Week 10) Review of everything & Final paper or exam.  Mostly like exam, multiple choice (25), short essay (5-10) and one “long” essay (major response like a discussion on Logos in John or the “Son of Man” term…something that was discussed in major details.

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