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Language requirements

Language courses
Hebrew
Greek
Latin
German as a foreign language
Language requirements

1. General

The study of theology as well as the theological occupational fields of pastoral office and teaching require linguistic competence at a high level. A good command of the spoken and written German language is required, as is the willingness to take note of texts (sources and secondary literature) in English in seminars and for term papers.

Knowledge of ancient languages ​​is required to understand the most important sources of Christianity and Judaism in their respective original languages. The study of the Old Testament requires basic knowledge of Hebrew (Hebraicum), the study of the New Testament requires knowledge of the Greek language (Graecum) and the study of church history requires the ability to read Greek and Latin sources from the most important eras (Graecum, Latinum).

The necessary language certificates are acquired in the first semesters of the course. Since attending the language courses is very labor-intensive (a multiple of what the school is used to doing), you should not attend too many other events at the same time.
 

Learning the ancient languages ​​requires diligence and perseverance. At the same time, however, a completely new view of the texts of the Bible and its environment is gained. The language courses with a manageable number of participants also offer a good opportunity to master the challenges together in small learning groups and with the support of the lecturers.
 

 

2. Language courses

The theological faculty offers language courses every semester to prepare for the necessary language exams. At the same time, there is an extensive range of courses to maintain and deepen the knowledge acquired. Details on the courses and the necessary literature can be found in the annotated course catalog for the respective semester.

 

Hebrew

  • A Intensive Biblical Hebrew Course (Hebrew I) takes place every semester Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Regular participation (a maximum of 5 incorrect sessions) is a prerequisite for registering for the Hebraicum. Exceptions are only possible for external students (e.g. pupils at grammar schools or predicants) after applying to the dean and approval by the Hebrew lecturer.
     
  • Each semester are complementary Old Testament reading courses offered with different levels of difficulty. These courses are open to all students with Hebraicum.
     
  • For the scientific study of the Old Testament are also the extra-biblical Hebrew sources of the 1st millennium BC BC (inscriptions, Qumran, etc.) of great importance. The same applies to language certificates in related Northwest Semitic languages ​​(e.g. Aramaic, Phoenician, Moabite, Ugaritic), for which introductions and exercises are offered at irregular intervals as required.

 

Greek

  • The Greek I (beginners) and Greek II (advanced) courses take place every semester and prepare for the Graecums exam. The state secondary school leaving examination is taken by the secondary school office with the participation of the Greek lecturer.
     
  • Complementary be regular Reading exercises on New Testament texts and on sources important for the history of Christianity. These courses are open to all students with Graecum.

 

Latin

  • The Latin I (beginners) and Latin II (advanced) courses take place every semester and prepare for the state Latinum exam. The state secondary school leaving examination is taken by the secondary school office with the participation of the late teacher.
     
  • Complementary will be regular Reading exercises on biblical texts and on sources important for the history of Christianity. These courses are open to all students with a Latin degree.

 

German as a foreign language

International students need the German language test for university entrance (DSH) to be admitted to the course. The International Study Center (ISZ) of the University of Heidelberg organizes regular preparatory courses.

 

3. Language requirements of the individual courses

 

 

Current courses of study Ev. theology
 

  • Magister Theologiae (modularized, Parish office / faculty examination): Hebraicum, Graecum, Latinum
    The language certificates can be obtained during the course up to the intermediate examination. The standard period of study for the basic course (4 semesters) increases by 1 semester per language, but by a maximum of 2 semesters in total.
     
  • Teacher training course major (Bachelor Ev. Theology): Graecum, Latinum
    The standard period of study increases by 2 semesters per language, up to a maximum of 4 semesters in total. The language requirements must be proven by the end of the 6th semester.
     
  • Teacher training course Ev. Theology related to gerontology, health and care: Knowledge of Latin and knowledge of Greek to the extent of Latin I and Greek I (successful final exam).
     
  • Bachelor Christianity and Culture major (modularized): 1 of the 3 language certificates Hebraicum, Graecum, Latinum
    depending on the chosen major: Old Testament Hebraicum; New Testament: Graecum; Church history: Latinum or Graecum; Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology: Latinum. The language certificates can be made up during the course up to the end of the 6th semester. The standard period of study (6 semesters) increases by 1 semester per language.
     
  • Bachelor's degree in Christianity and Culture, accompanying subject (modularized):
    When choosing the following main subjects, proof of the specified language examinations must be provided by the end of the 6th semester: Old Testament: Hebraicum; New Testament: Graecum; Church history: Latinum or Graecum. The standard period of study (6 semesters) increases by 1 semester per language. All other major subjects are language-free.
     
  • Master’s Christianity and Culture major (modularized):
    The language certificates can be made up during the course up to registration for the master’s examination. Major subject Biblical Studies AT: Hebraicum, Biblical Studies NT: Graecum; other main subjects: 1 of the 3 language certificates Hebraicum, Graecum, Latinum
     
  • Master’s Christianity and Culture Supplementary subject (modularized): none
     
  • Master of Theological Studies (postgraduate course): Hebraicum; Knowledge of Greek (Greek I final exam)
     
  • Master's in corporate management in the welfare sector (Management in Welfare Organizations): none
     
  • Master in Management, Ethics and Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector - Diaconal Leadership and Control: none

 


 

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Last change: 01/21/2020