Biblical Languages at Lycoming College

As part of its long-standing historical tradition of preparing young men and women for ministry, Lycoming College maintains a strong program in Biblical studies, including the opportunity to study the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek, offered in alternating years. Studying Hebrew and/or Greek is highly recommended for students planning to enter the ministry, and is required for Archaeology majors. In addition, Lycoming College offers an Interdisciplinary Minor in Biblical Languages, consisting of HEBR 101-102, GRK 101-102, plus two additional semesters of intermediate-level Hebrew and/or Greek chosen from HEBR 221, HEBR 222, GRK 221, and GRK 222. Course Descriptions may be found in the Lycoming College Catalogue, Religion section.


HEBR 101-102
HEBR 221-222
Instr. RJDKnauth, D-320, x4298
ARC Hebrew Tutor - Cynthia Betz
Hebrew Language Asst. - Michele Burns


GRK 101-102
GRK 221-222
Asst. Prof. S Johnson, D-305, x4283
ARC Greek Tutor - Katie John

The Academic Resource Center offers excellent tutoring services in both Hebrew and Greek. For Hebrew, our current tutors are Cynthia Betz and Michele Burns. For Greek, our current tutors are Katie John, Jill Parker, and Brandon Stewart.

Snowden Library also has a fine collection of Biblical Language Resources, including Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, Lexicons, Encyclopedias, Concordances and Commentaries. For details, check the Snowden Library Subject Links under "Religion."

The Language Lab (Academic Center, 2nd floor, "C" wing) is equipped with machines for listening to language tapes. Hebrew language tapes designed to complement our textbook (Biblical Hebrew, Kittel) are available at the campus store and at Latin tapes are available from Steven Johnson or from the Language Lab. The computer in the Language Lab is set up with the Teknia Vocab Drilling Program for Hebrew and Greek (see below).

Campus Computer Labs B-200 and B-201 in the Academic Center should also be set up with the Teknia Vocabulary Drilling Program for Hebrew and Greek, as well as with Hebrew and Greek programs and fonts that you may use for research projects and composition.

For help learning the Hebrew Alphabet, go to

To download your own Hebrew or Greek Vocabulary Drilling Program for your home computer from the web for free, go first to the Teknia site and download the Vocabulary Drilling Program for Greek. This includes a database of Greek vocabulary. To get the database for Hebrew Vocabulary (based on Kittel's grammar) go to Codex, and follow the instructions there to download and install the Hebrew Database in the Teknia drilling program. Codex and Teknia also have lots of other useful resources for Hebrew and Greek.

You can also try the Hebrew programs at or Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Vis-Ed Vocabulary cards are also highly recommended (available from the campus store and at Or you may wish to purchase a "Hebrew Tutor" or "Greek Tutor" program for your computer.

For an online version of the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon (BDB), the standard dictionary for Biblical Hebrew, go to (keyed to Strong's Numbers and the Theological Word Book of the Old Testament). To download the free Hebrew font necessary to view entries, go to

Other Hebrew and Greek fonts are available for downloading off the Internet for free, such as those linked at "Omniglot" and at the SBL-site (Society of Biblical Literature).

NetwaysGlobal also has a free online version of the 1839 Biblia Hebraica (a standard Hebrew version of the Hebrew Bible).

For future use, you may wish to purchase "BibleWorks" on CD-Rom, which includes Hebrew and Greek fonts as well as numerous other useful biblical language study tools (

There are lots of cool language links on the Web. Omniglot is one of my favorites for explaining writing systems (with links for free downloadable fonts) -