What is the course like?
Cohorts meet for an hour each week via Zoom. The environment is relaxed and collaborative but focused. Each session begins with a short chat in either Greek or Hebrew, followed by review and a bit of lecture. It ends with a close reading of a biblical text (e.g. John 1:1-3). Throughout, the instructor asks questions (often in Greek and Hebrew) and guides grammatical analysis, referencing a teaching grammar as needed. Students are expected to complete the pre-work prior to each session so the focus can be on real texts from the Bible from the beginning. Between meetups, students are encouraged to stay connected on our Slack channel and to take advantage of our reading workshops and exegesis labs.
An hour? Is that enough?
Of course not! Your cohort sessions are a concentrated time to lay the foundation for the work you’ll do throughout the week. Our Reading Workshops and Exegesis Labs improve on the cohort meeting by offering extended time to work with other students (and instructors). These opportunities are led by an instructor or Bibling affiliate and usually meet once monthly for up to two hours via Zoom.
If you’re in a cohort and want some private help, hourly lessons are also pro-rated.
What commitment do you expect?
Learning any language requires discipline and diligence. The good news is that we have no deadlines or grades. We can accommodate students at any pace. Outside cohort meetings, we expect students to complete pre-work (usually some reading from biblical texts and a teaching grammar) and to strive to complete at least an hour of personal study and review each day (needs differ with each student, and this time can be formatted and allotted throughout different periods in the day).
What is scheduling like?
We’re pretty flexible, but do let us know your scheduling preferences in advance. Once a cohort or private student begins, the meeting time will remain the same. Changed meeting times are subject to the instructor’s availability and/or depend on an unanimous vote from the cohort. Instructors may reschedule missed lessons at their discretion and according to their availability. All paid fees are nonrefundable.
What is a cohort?
A cohort is a group of 2-5 learners who meet at the same time each week for the duration of the course. Cohorts begin and end together (we may place more advanced students into existing cohorts depending on need).
How do I enroll?
Shoot us an email! Let us know a little about you, your background and experience level, which language you’d like to begin with, and your scheduling preferences. We’re excited to meet you!
What if I don’t want to be in a cohort?
No problem! The fees are slightly higher, but you’re welcome to go solo at any time.
Do you start with Hebrew or Greek?
God started with Hebrew, so we do too (kidding, of course). Since cohorts are small, instructors can accommodate each cohort. You’re free to choose which language you’d like to begin with.
What if I only want to learn Greek or Hebrew?
Oh, don’t say that! But if you really must…we’ll put you in a cohort that starts with that language.
What if I already know some Greek or Hebrew? What if I know none?
We do our best to place everyone in a cohort of comparable skill. We also have private offerings by the month or the hour.
What if I want to unenroll?
Let us know! Fees are paid each month. Simply choose to not pay fees at the beginning and send us an email to confirm that you are unenrolling.
What do I need?
A computer and a Reader’s Hebrew Bible and/or Greek New Testament. There are plenty of good, affordable options out there (we particularly love this Greek New Testament and this Hebrew Bible, but this option also has all you need between two covers). You’ll also need a good grammar (we use this Greek grammar and a choice between this or this Hebrew grammar for reference).
What if I need extra help?
We have weekly reading groups via Zoom and a slack channel for discussion between instructors, current students, and alumni. Students are also welcome to take private lessons as needed for focused attention on their specific language needs.
What is the equivalent in a college or seminary?
Although it is difficult to estimate how much progress a student can make in either six months or a year, we aim to cover all the content that is ordinarily taught in Greek I and Hebrew I while incorporating some intermediate material usually found in Greek II and Hebrew II courses. We also teach unique content, like discourse features, for example, which is not normally included in beginning grammar courses.
Do you take referrals?
Yes! We honor referrals with a 25% discount on your next fee paid (monthly, hourly, etc). This applies to each referral.
Are there scholarships?
Absolutely! If you are a student from the majority world or you currently work among an unreached people group, please contact us for more information about a scholarship. Please note that pro-rata rates or offerings cannot be applied to those under scholarships.
Do you have any partnerships?
We partner with various seminaries, denominations, and Bible translation agencies to provide tutoring and instruction that helps Christian leaders meet qualifications. Reach out if your organization would like to partner with us to help train your leaders!