Asia Lutheran Seminary has established an international reputation for top-quality biblical language teaching in Hong Kong. Using the most up-to-date and innovative methods of language instruction, ALS prepares students for advanced scriptural exegesis in just ten-months. Graduates of the program qualify for the exegetical courses offered at ALS or other seminaries around the world.
– You will better understand difficult or controversial Bible passages.
– You will be more confident as a teacher of God’s Word.
– Your leadership as a pastor or theologian will have a firm foundation.
Instead of learning about the biblical languages, students use and learn them the same way a native speaker would. The original languages are used constantly in the classroom. Students will hear, imitate, speak, and respond to commands in Greek or Hebrew already from the first hour of the course. Rather than sitting at desks, students participate in vocabulary and fluency building exercises such as story-telling and acting out stories. Our interactive learning process is non-threatening, requires little homework, yet it is highly efficient.
Students normally commit to attending in order all five parts of the training program:
A 3-week intensive class in late summer (6 hours a day, 6 days a week; 6 credits). Students will grasp the basic grammatical structures through listening and speaking in this intensive experience. By the end of this class, students will have learned more than 500 words and be able to read simplified verses from the Bible. Students will also be able to tell their own stories and participate in simple worship in the ancient language.
Fall semester classes (3 days a week, 1 hour a day; 1 credit; qualified students may take this class via Skype). Students continue to build vocabulary and fluency in this semester (approximately 30 one-hour sessions) as well as continuing to learn basic grammar structures and forms. Selected Bible stories will be used in this class.
A 1-week intensive class in late December or early January (6 hours a day, 6 days, 2 credits). Students will review what they previously learned and progress towards intermediate fluency in this class. More complex stories and advanced biblical texts will be studied in this intensive class. Students will also learn the uses of more complicated grammatical forms and begin to sight-read from the biblical text.
Spring semester classes (3 days a week, 1 hour a day; 1 credit; qualified students may take this class via Skype). Similar to fall semester classes, there will be approximately 30 one-hour sessions. Emphasis at this stage will be on learning the principals of exegesis. As well as reading longer texts, shorter portions of the Bible will be studied to show students how knowledge of the ancient language is transformed into a meaningful interpretation of the text.
A final 1-week intensive class in late-May or June (6 hours a day, 6 days; 2 credits). This capstone class will concentrate on additional vocabulary and fluency building while covering more advanced topics of grammar and morphology.
“I never thought that I could learn how to read the NT in Greek without mindless repetition and memorization. The interactive learning process is very effective and I enjoy the class!” – Λοις
“I like how we learn Greek as a living language. We see how the language relates to our lives and even get to apply it on a daily basis – In fact, we (students) often joke in Greek!” – Μαρια
Students who finish the program successfully should be competent to begin biblical exegesis immediately and will receive a certificate of completion. They will also receive 12 seminary credits which may be applied towards an ALS degree program or transferred to another seminary or Bible school. When the intensive courses are repeated in the future graduates of the program are allowed to attend at reduced prices in order to refresh or increase their fluency.
The courses are led by professors with years of experience in teaching biblical language. Greek is taught by Dr. Glen Thompson, Professor of New Testament and Historical Theology and Academic Dean at ALS. He holds a Ph. D. in Graeco-Roman History from Columbia University, and has taught Greek on several continents.
Hebrew is taught by our faculty member, Aaron West, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin. Assistance in both languages is provided by other ALS faculty, graduates and advanced students.
Greek/Hebrew per credit – $750 HKD
Each intensive week – 2 credits each
Each Spring/Fall Skype course – 1 credit each
Greek 1-5 or Hebrew 1-5 package (advance payment) – $7,500 HKD
Currently ALS is planning on offering its language program as follows:
Greek: Aug. 2018 – June 2019
– The program is structured to make it possible for students currently taking classes at other seminaries to participate fully.
– Since Greek/Hebrew is the language of instruction, proficiency in English is NOT require.