The Importance of Biblical Languages for Ministry

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Given the wealth of resources at our disposal, including the number of faithful translations of Scripture, is it still necessary for the modern student of the Bible to study the biblical languages? What do we lose if a generation fails to learn Greek and Hebrew?

In this faculty address at SEBTS, Dr. Quarles, Director of the Caskey Center, answers these questions by showing the relevance of the biblical languages for essential doctrines, enriched biblical theology, refuting aberrant church practice, and defining Christian ethics.

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MA Biblical Studies

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) prepares students for further academic work in the areas of the Old and New Testament, for teaching at an undergraduate level, and for ministry in the local church. The program accomplishes these goals by increasing competency in biblical languages, facility in sound hermeneutical principles, and ability to synthesize key theological themes.

Charles Quarles

Senior Research Fellow for New Testament and Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology

Quarles is an experienced pastor, missionary, and theological educator. He served as Senior Pastor of three churches in North Mississippi and East Tennessee for over ten years. He served as a missionary of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Bucharest Romania from 1999 to 2002. He has served as a professor of New Testament and Greek at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the Bucharest Baptist Theological Seminary, the University of Bucharest, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Louisiana College (now Louisiana Christian University). He has served on volunteer mission trips in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Turkey, and Cuba. In addition to many Bible studies, articles in reference works, and reviews, he is the editor or author of a dozen books including The Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ’s Message to the Modern Church (B&H, 2011); The Illustrated Life of Paul (B&H, 2014); A Theology of Matthew (P&R, 2013); Matthew in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (B&H, 2017); Matthew in the Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series (Lexham, 2023); 40 Questions About the Text and Canon of the New Testament (coauthor, Kregal, 2023); and Jesus as Teacher in the Gospel of Matthew (co-editor, T&T Clark, 2023). He also has a forthcoming devotional commentary on Matthew and a forthcoming book on New Testament textual criticism. He has published research in numerous international journals including New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, the Bulletin for Biblical Research, the Bible Translator, and Tyndale Bulletin. He and his wife Julie have been married since 1989 and have three adult children (Rachael, Hannah, and Joshua) and four grandchildren.

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