Summer Language Course

The Elementary Biblical Hebrew, Elementary N.T. Greek and Ecclesiastical Latin courses will be offered May 23 – July 5, 2017.  Each course is fully comparable in scope and intent with two semesters of language work taken during a regular academic year and earns six hours of credit. Mark Lester ( will teach Elementary Biblical Hebrew, Olivia Stewart Lester ( will teach N.T. Greek and Marcus Elder ( will teach Ecclesiastical Latin.  All three courses will meet Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Classes will not meet on May 29th or July 4th.

There is a $300 deposit, which will be credited toward the $2,990­­­ tuition fee for each course, due with the registration form.  Any of these courses may be canceled if fewer than four students have enrolled within the course by May 2THE DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE UNLESS THE COURSE IS CANCELED.

Tuition rebates for students who drop out of summer language programs:

Before the end of the first week – May 30th

Full, minus $300 deposit

Before the middle of the course – June 14th

One-half (50% of tuition), minus $300 dep.

After the middle of the course

0 % rebate

This course is graded on the H, H-, HP+, HP, HP-, LP, F grading system.  If you want to take this on the Credit/No Credit grading system, a form is available from the Registrar’s Office, which must be signed by the instructor of the course.  This registration form (linked below) is due by June 6th at the latest.

If you drop the course before the middle of the semester (June 14th), the course will not appear on your transcript.

> Printable Summer Language Courses 2017 application (pdf)

Course Descriptions

REL 3606 Elementary New Testament Greek – Summer Intensive

This intensive six-week course is the equivalent of a two-semester course covering the basics of New Testament, or Koine, Greek. The course focuses on learning the grammar and vocabulary needed to begin reading the NT and Septuagint (LXX), gaining facility with reading Greek texts, and understanding the critical apparatus found in the standard editions of the Greek NT. We will also visit the Yale University Art Gallery to study Greek in material culture. No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed; we will start with the alphabet and continue from there. This six-week course will prepare you to take the Intermediate Greek and Greek Exegesis courses offered at Yale Divinity School.

REL 3607 Ecclesiastical Latin – Summer Intensive

This is an intensive course in elementary Latin grammar, the satisfactory completion of which should afford the student a basic competency in reading Latin prose and poetry. Classical norms are emphasized as the point of departure for recognizing the lexical and grammatical variations found in later Latin literature. Selections from a variety of ecclesiastical texts (creedal, liturgical, hagiographical, theological) will be analyzed.

REL 3603 Elementary Biblical Hebrew – Summer Intensive

This class offers an intensive introduction to the Hebrew language of the Bible, covering the equivalent of two semesters. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is assumed. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to read prose passages and some poetry passages from the Hebrew Bible, with the help of a lexicon, and to continue with an intermediate Hebrew course or Hebrew-based exegesis class.

Please note that the summer language courses are distinct from the Summer Study Program and are supervised by the Yale Divinity Registrar’s Office.