What people are saying about Zondervan Academic Online Courses

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Nearly a year ago, we set out on an ambitious project to make online theological education more accessible and more affordable for more people.

The response has been amazing. This is what a few people have said:

“The course I signed up for . . . is equal in quality to a university online course. I like the videos, and the self-paced aspect of the course. I recommend it for anyone that wants a quality course, and who wants to be able to take the course on a self-paced basis.”


“The courses offer a real education with practical and useful information. I am highly impressed with the online resources and the textbook and workbook. I am learning a lot and from authors who know what they are talking about…

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Last Chance! Biblical Languages Certificate Introductory Discounts End Soon

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Maybe you’ve always dreamed of learning the biblical languages, but going to seminary has never been an option. Or perhaps you once knew Greek and Hebrew well, but over time, you’ve lost some of your proficiency.

When you complete the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll be able to work with the languages the Bible was originally written in.

You’ll discover meanings you might not see in an English translation. You’ll be able to see the kinds of rhetorical devices that get lost in translation. And you’ll be prepared for advanced language study.

Understanding Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic will transform how you understand and interpret the text of God’s Word.

Last chance!

Introductory discounts end this coming Friday, September 30.

If you were to sign up for each course separately,…

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Miles Van Pelt on Learning Biblical Hebrew Online

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We recently sat down with Miles Van Pelt to discuss learning biblical Hebrew online.

Here is what he said:

One of the things that is difficult about studying the Old Testament is it represents a culture that is far away in terms of its time and in terms of its practices.

77.3% of our Bible appears in Hebrew. So if we want to know what the Bible says, and if we want to know how to accurately communicate what the Bible says, then we will learn the language in which the vast majority of the Bible was written.

Hebrew has this way of connecting us back to that culture, connecting us back to their idiom, connecting us back to their way of thinking.

One of the great things about our day and age is that if you are in…

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10 New Online Courses Announced

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Whatever you want to learn—and however you desire to grow—we want to make sure there’s an online course for you.

That’s why, in addition to the online courses already available, we’re releasing ten new courses in the next few months:

Ancient Languages Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, taught by Daniel Wallace Reading Biblical Greek, taught by Constantine R. Campbell Basics of Classical Syriac, taught by Steven C. Hallam Biblical Studies Galatians, taught by Thomas R. Schreiner The Message of the Prophets, taught by J. Daniel Hays The Torah Story, taught by Gary Schnittjer Thinking Through Paul, taught by Todd Still and Bruce W. Longenecker Church History Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, taught by Frank A. James, III and John…

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Bill Mounce on Learning Biblical Greek Online

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We recently sat down with Bill Mounce to discuss learning biblical Greek online. Here’s what he said:

Part of being successful in any task is starting the task with the end in mind.

So it is a really good question to ask, “What will you be able to do when you are done with this class?”

Like most first year language classes, what we are doing is giving you building blocks.

What you will have are all the building blocks necessary to get into exegesis, to get into the sermon preparation, to really be able to study the New Testament. Building blocks—that is what this class is about.

How to study the original languages

The best way to begin your study of the biblical languages is by signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program.

In this program,…

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What Language Did Jesus Speak?

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Have you ever wondered what language Jesus spoke?

Let’s take a closer look.

What Languages Were Spoken in First-century Palestine?

Before we can identify which languages Jesus spoke, we need to know what languages were spoken in first-century Palestine.

Here are the three languages:

Aramaic had been widely spoken since the Babylonian exile. Since the invasion of Alexander the Great, Greek had been spoken in many communities. The Hebrew Bible—the Scriptures of Jesus’s day—was written and studied in Hebrew (as the name implies).

Each language had its own function. Some were used only for writing, while others were used for speaking in ordinary conversation. If you were conducting business transactions or international trade, you would likely use still other languages.

What about Jesus?

To discover the language Jesus spoke, we need…

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Announcing the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program

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Imagine opening a copy of the Greek New Testament or the Hebrew Bible and being able to understand what it says in the original languages. When you complete the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll be able to do exactly that.

The Biblical Languages Certificate Program will deepen your understanding of God’s word for preaching, teaching, and personal study. You’ll gain foundational knowledge for reading and understanding the Bible in the languages it was originally written in, and you’ll be well-positioned for advanced language study.

By signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll learn the basics of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic—everything you need to begin working with the text of the Bible in the original languages.

Whether you prepare sermons, lead Bible studies, or teach the Bible in a…

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Why learn Aramaic?

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We recently looked at why you should learn Ugaritic. Today, we’re going to take a look at why you should learn Aramaic.

Who spoke Aramaic?

The short answer: just about everyone in the ancient world.

Aramaic was the lingua franca in the Ancient Near East for more than two thousand years. It was first spoken by the Arameans around 1,200 B.C. Then, when the Assyrians conquered the Arameans and brought them into captivity, they brought their language with them. From that point on, Aramaic replaced Akkadian as the language of commerce and government in Assyria and beyond.

After the collapse of the Assyrian empire, the Babylonians and Persians inherited the language. With each successive empire, Aramaic was exported throughout conquered territories and people groups.

As the…

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Back to School Sale! Study the Bible with the world’s best professors

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Back to school

For a limited time, get 25% off all Zondervan Academic Online Courses with the Back to School sale! View all courses.

Now is the perfect time to start or re-start your theological education.

Zondervan Academic has partnered with dozens of leading scholars to create seminary-level online courses for everyone.

These are the exact same courses used in numerous schools across the U.S. and Canada.

Dig into systematic theology with Wayne Grudem. Get an overview of the Old Testament with John Walton and Andrew Hill. Understand the differences between Islam and Christianity with Nabeel Qureshi. Study Jesus and the Gospels with Mark Strauss. Learn New Testament Greek with William Mounce, or learn Hebrew with Miles Van Pelt. And much more… numerous additional courses…

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Why Learn Ugaritic?

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You already know that understanding the Bible’s original languages of Greek and Hebrew is an important prerequisite for serious biblical study.

But what about Ugaritic?

The Israelites didn’t speak Ugaritic. The Bible wasn’t written in Ugaritic. What makes understanding Ugaritic so important for understanding the Hebrew Bible?

What is Ugaritic?

Before we see why it’s so important to know Ugaritic, let’s take a closer look at the people who spoke it.

Ugaritic was the language spoken by the people who lived in the city-state of Ugarit. This city was located directly east of Cyprus, and directly north of Israel.

Ugarit was strategically placed on a direct east–west trade route from the Mediterranean regions to the…

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How to Understand the Difference Between Christianity and Islam

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In a year of polarizing politics, the rise of ISIS, and terrorism, it has never been more important for Christians to understand Islam.

In the Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus online course, New York Times bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi gives you a framework for thinking about how to confront Islam—and understand your own faith as well.

You will discover:

The differences between Islam and Christianity The truth about Muhammad Effective strategies for engaging Muslims in spiritual discussions The most common Muslim objections to Christianity The key beliefs upon which Islam stands or falls

It’s a learning experience that will equip you for the kind of apologetics and evangelism that led Nabeel himself to faith in Christ.

Watch the first lecture free


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Why You Shouldn’t “Preach the Gospel at All Times and Use Words When Necessary”

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There’s a famous quote. You’ve probably heard it:

“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words only when necessary.”

The original quote is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. It’s been echoed by generations of Christians.

The spirit of the quote is good, and it makes a good point. Our actions matter. What’s more: actions usually speak louder than words. People are watching what we do.

But there are some good reasons why this quote does not present a good approach in relating with others.

The first reason is that, in many cases, people use it as an excuse to avoid articulating their faith.

How many times has the gospel not been shared, because we’ve embraced a version of Christianity where words don’t matter?

The second reason is more important:


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