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Emphases within the Ancient Languages Major

▾ Biblical Languages

Through the study of Koine Greek and Biblical Hebrew, you will encounter God’s word in fresh and dynamic ways. The message of the Old and New Testaments will come alive as you read scripture in the original Biblical languages, and your understanding of the cultural context of those writings will be greatly enhanced as you learn the languages the children of Abraham and the early Church used in telling the story of their relationship with God. And in the case of the study of Biblical languages, you will be amazed at how your faith will deepen as your ability to read and understand God’s message in the original languages increases. If you are thinking about graduate school or seminary after you complete your undergraduate degree, having studied Biblical languages at Asbury will serve you well.

▾ Classical Languages

The Classical Languages of ancient Greek and Latin have been at the heart of liberal arts education for centuries. To study these two languages is to have a conversation with some of the great minds who helped shape the literary, philosophical, political, scientific, and theological heritage of the West. The impact of these Classical languages upon the growth and spread of Christianity is inestimable; the scientific community owes much of its language to ancient Greek and Latin; and philosophers have found Classical Languages to be the perfect tool to convey their most nuanced expressions of thought. While the study of ancient Greek and Latin provides an especially strong foundation for the pursuits of law and medicine, no matter what field you enter, Classical Languages will help you communicate with greater clarity and think more critically, skills that are needed more than ever in today’s complex and constantly-changing world.

▾ Latin

“Veni, vidi, vici.” You have probably heard this famous utterance from Julius Caesar. In your Latin classes at Asbury, you will learn much more than how to quote Caesar correctly. You will get in touch with your “inner Roman” as you study the language of a civilization that has shaped the Western world more than any other. You will become part of an academic tradition that dates back to the first universities of Europe. You will develop a greater command of the English language as you discover just how many English words have Latin roots and as you understand its structure better. Before you know it, you will be communicating with greater clarity and thinking more critically, skills that are needed more than ever in today’s complex and constantly-changing world. The investment you make in learning Latin will pay off in ways you could not have imagined when you first began your study. Graduate school admissions committees and prospective employers still sit up and take notice when “Latin” appears on a transcript or resumé. More than that, you will be well equipped to enter any field because you have learned what it takes for you to succeed and realize that you embody academic excellence. No matter your vocational goal—business, law, medicine, teaching, or you name it—Latin should be part of your preparation for your future. And then you can proclaim with Caesar, “I came. I saw. I conquered.”