Thursday, October 15, 2020

Date: October 15, 2020

Preparing our students to understand the rich history, literary genres, and theological contexts of Scripture has been a priority of VTS from its inception. A vital tool in this endeavor is the study of the original languages of the Bible, particularly Hebrew and Greek. VTS remains committed to this preparation by requiring all M.Div. and M.A. in Biblical Studies students to take one semester of either Beginning Hebrew or Beginning Greek. These courses provide our students with an introduction to the languages that will assist them in their exegetical work. Some students choose to extend their study of these languages beyond the required one semester by taking more advanced courses. To support students in their pursuit of more advanced study of biblical languages, three prizes have been developed due to the generous donation of past benefactors. They are awarded to honor enthusiasm, proficiency, and promise in the study of Greek and Hebrew. Beginning this year, both MA and MDiv students can be considered. Each of these awards provides money to students to help defray the cost of a CCEP to Israel or Rome. On the recommendation of the Bible faculty and with the assent of the full faculty, the following students have been awarded these prizes: -The Jean B. Tachau Memorial Biblical Languages Prize goes to Lauren Killelea and Ryan Wiksell. -The Armisted Booth Award for the Study of Biblical Languages goes to Adam Lees and Molly Jane Layton. -The Jane A. Morse Scholarship Fund for Old Testament Languages goes to Daniel Jeyaruban. We extend our hearty congratulations to these students for their hard work in the study of biblical languages. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.  Dean and President

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