Developments in My Field of Study — Trends in Biblical Language Studies “Interesting and Exciting!” Says Van Pelt

Jeremy Bouma on April 16th, 2014. Tagged under .

Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at

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9780310270201Developments in biblical languages seems as exciting as developments in algebra or physics. While important and attention worthy, are such technical trends all that action-packed?

Yes, says Miles Van Pelt, professor of Old Testament and biblical languages and co-author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew—and for two exciting reason:

1) Resurgence in teaching the originals. He is encouraged more seminaries emphasize teaching both the original biblical languages and ancient "helping" languages (i.e. ugaritic, akkadian, latin).

2) Many now going into these fields. When he was a student Van Pelt was an odd duck: no one wanted to study the languages. "They thought that was weird and quirky." Now more "weird and quirky" students are following his footsteps.

Whether you're an original languages buff or an interested student, after watching today's video we think you'll agree with Van Pelt: These developments and other more technical trends are "interesting and exciting."

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)


"Developments in My Field of Study" exposes developments and trends within various fields of biblical studies by showcasing leading evangelical voices who have a pulse on its direction. Our goal is to help students and pastors, teachers and interested Christians alike to understand where various fields are moving for the sake of gospel ministry and teaching.