Biblical Languages Minor
A minor in Biblical Languages allows you to study ancient biblical Greek and Hebrew. You will learn to interpret the Scripture’s language, grammar, and syntax within its original linguistic context, and relate and distinguish the differences between the original and modern translations.
This minor culminates with a final course that focuses on the use of Old Testament Hebrew language in the New Testament. Because students pursuing this minor take four semesters of either Greek or Hebrew classes, Biblical Languages minors can count these courses toward the foreign language requirement of any BA degree. Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature majors are encouraged to pursue this minor.
Biblical Languages Curriculum & Degree Options
- Minor in Biblical Languages
Contact the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department
Dr. Michael Harbin, Department Chair of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy
Joy Brainer, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Program Assistant
Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department
While all Taylor students take biblical courses, students who want to dive further into God’s Word or pursue further studies in seminary or a career in ministry will be welcomed into the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy department (BSCP).
In this department, you will examine your understanding of faith with the help of caring faculty, who will serve as scholars, mentors, and teachers and push you to think through critical issues, question why you believe what you believe, and commit to a greater pursuit of your personal faith. Taylor’s BSCP program will build a strong foundation of biblical truth and knowledge that could strengthen the spiritual health of any student.
Our Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy faculty introduce plenty of development opportunities to our majors. Faculty often invite students to attend conferences and meetings with national ministry organizations to expand their horizons, discover ministry trends, and introduce them to ministry leaders.
Students are encouraged to join on-campus and local ministries, from campus chapel bands to church youth groups to county-wide food drives. Some students also put their critical thinking skills to the test with our nationally-ranked Ethics Bowl team—the Taylor chapter of a national intercollegiate program where students from different schools debate ethical topics.
Biblical- and ministry-focused study abroad opportunities are open to all Taylor students. Walk in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and study the New Testament while exploring Greece, or visit the birthplace and several ministry locations of Jesus during a trip to Jerusalem. Other opportunities include semester-long, J-term, or Spring Break trips to learn about the Word of God and evangelize across diverse cultures.
In our Bible and Ministry programs, our faculty help you develop practical thinking, critique, and discernment skills as you strengthen your faith and love for truth and wisdom. The professors are committed to a high view of Scripture and dedicated to providing an eye-opening Christian education, whether in major or general education courses. They are actively seeking out ministry and theological developments, and many are also at the forefront of these developments, researching and publishing book—such as textbooks, faith-building books, and in-depth scholarly reference books—and articles in publications like Tyndale Bulletin, Philosophia Christi, and Christianity Today.
Students from any major can take Greek or Hebrew classes to meet the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement. Taking two years of either language almost always counts toward at least one year of the language for a seminary program.
As Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy students have a 99% placement rate coming out of Taylor, you can graduate with confidence that your liberal arts education will stand out to future employers.