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New Scholarship for Ministers to Study Biblical Languages

May 06, 2015
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"Reading a translation of the Bible is like listening to a hockey game on the radio—you find out who wins, but you miss most of the action. Knowing the languages is like having rink-side seats at centre ice."

Regent College is thrilled to announce the creation of a new scholarship fund allowing anyone in full-time vocational ministry to initiate or refresh their study of the biblical languages. Established by an anonymous donor, the new Mary of Bethany Language Fund for Ministers will provide up to $20,000 per year in student aid.

In an age with literally hundreds of Bible translations available (at least in English), it’s easy to ignore the power of studying Scripture in its original Hebrew and Greek languages. But as one recent Regent graduate put it, “reading a translation of the Bible is like listening to a hockey game on the radio—you find out who wins, but you miss most of the action. Knowing the languages is like having rink-side seats at centre ice.”

Thanks to the Mary of Bethany Language Fund, more pastors, priests, missionaries, and parachurch workers will soon enjoy that same sense of “rink-side” access to Scripture.

Eligible candidates interested in taking Greek I, Greek II, Hebrew I, or Hebrew II at Regent this summer may apply for the scholarship immediately. Ministers considering any of Regent’s fall or winter language classes (excluding LANG 500: Perspectives on Biblical Languages) can also apply if funds remain available. Applicants will need to explain how studying biblical Hebrew or Greek will enhance their ministry. This scholarship is not for full-time or incoming Regent College students.

“The Mary of Bethany Language Fund for Ministers was created because a generous donor recognized the importance of biblical language study for thorough exegesis and outstanding preaching,” says Christie Goode, Director of Donor Relations at Regent College. “She wants to encourage pastors and parachurch leaders to refresh their Greek or Hebrew studies, or even start them for the first time. I encourage any interested candidate to apply for this outstanding funding opportunity.”

For application details, please visit the Scholarship & Bursaries page.

For more information contact:
Marsha Parkin
Financial Aid/Student Accounts Officer
604.221.3315

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