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Biblical Languages at Otago

The Theology programme offers Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek both on-campus and via videoconferencing. Distance students will be able to join the class live via videoconferencing or they will be able to watch or listen to podcasts at a later time.

Although we’d love you to do a whole degree, you can do one or more Biblical Languages papers with us without doing a whole degree.

If you’re planning to take a few papers with us, then why not enrol in the Diploma in Theology (DipTheol). This involves seven papers and is the equivalent of one year of full-time study. up to 3 of which can be at 200-level.
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Or you can do individual papers under the category of a “Certificate of Proficiency”. This is a way for you to do particular papers with us, without having to undertake a whole qualification. You can also do a “Certificate of Proficiency” if you are enrolled with another University or Theology Provider – and hopefully gain credit for your Otago Biblical Languages papers with that other University or Theology Provider (contact us if you’d like to discuss this further).

The 100-level papers are:

There is a comprehensive textbook for both Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek.


The 200-,  300- and 400- level papers are:

BIBS 213 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2, Full year, 18 pts: Monday and Tuesday 17:00-17:50
BIBS 313 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 3, Full year, 18 pts: Monday and Tuesday 17:00-17:50
BIBS 411 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced), Full year, 18 pts: Monday and Tuesday 17:00-17:50

BIBS 223 Greek New Testament Exegesis 2, Full year, 18 pts: Friday 10:00-11:50
BIBS 323 Greek New Testament Exegesis 3, Full year, 18 pts: Friday 10:00-11:50
BIBS 421 Greek New Testament Exegesis (Advanced), Full year, 18 pts: Friday 10:00-11:50

Assessment in all papers will be the same for both campus and distance students.

For further information contact Prof Paul Trebilco: paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz