Courses Offered in the SLP

Summer Language Program classes typically meet on a Monday/Wednesday/Thursday or  Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Most classes have either voluntary or mandatory additional meetings with the tutor. Those tutoring meetings are mostly organized and scheduled once classes have met for the first time.

Classes only meet Monday through Thursday (no classes or tutorials will meet on Fridays), and all will end by 7 pm each day.

There will be a Summer Language Program introductory meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 3 pm in the Sperry Room in Andover Hall (for all students and classes). Please note that a meeting with the Registrar’s Office regarding the SLP rules and requirements as well as the SLP registration will take place following that introductory meeting.

If your class is scheduled to meet before the introductory meeting, please go to your class first and then attend the meeting. If your class meets during or after the introductory meeting, please attend the meeting, register and then go to your classroom for your first class meeting.

Please speak with the instructor and/or the director of the summer language program if exams conflict and/or you will miss class due to a religious observance during the SLP 2016.

2017 course schedule overview

Updated as of May 2017.

Classical Arabic

Monday 1–4 pm | Tuesday 1–4 pm | Thursday 1–4 pm

Classical Arabic Tutoring Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 1–4 pm

The pre-requisite for the SLP Classical Arabic course is one year of Modern Standard Arabic (for example, based on the Al-Kitab textbook).

Christian Latin

Monday 4-7 pm | Wednesday 4-7 pm | Thursday 4-7 pm

Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Monday 9 am–12 pm | Wednesday 9 am–12 pm | Thursday 9 am–12 pm

Elementary New Testament Greek

Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm

Elementary Pali

Monday 4–7 pm | Tuesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm

French for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm

German for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Tuesday 9 am–12 pm | Wednesday 2–5 pm | Thursday 2–5 pm

Spanish for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm

2017 full course information

Christian Latin

Instructor: Judy Haley (email)
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Tuesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Rock 115
Teaching Fellow: Norman Sheidlower (email)

This intensive course enables students with or without any previous knowledge of Latin to read texts important for theological and religious studies. In eight weeks it covers the material of a full-year course. During the first six weeks you will study the structures, basic vocabulary and short passages of Latin intensively. During the last two weeks you will gain experience in reading, translating and analyzing more extensive biblical and later narratives, liturgical and selections from Latin.

Required books

  • Wheelock, F. M. Latin: An Introductory Course, revised Richard LaFleur, 7th ed., New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
  • Collins, John F. A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1988.

Classical Arabic

Instructor: Lidia Gocheva (email)
Schedule: Monday 1–4 pm | Tuesday 1–4 pm | Thursday 1–4 pm
Section (with Teaching Fellow): Wednesday 1–4 pm, Divinity 211
Room Assignment: Divinity 211
Teaching Fellow: Norman Sheidlower (email)

The purpose of this course is to develop students’ ability to read and understand classical Arabic texts through in-class translation, grammar exercises, and discussion of culture-specific concepts. By the end of the course, students can expect to have acquired a solid knowledge of Arabic syntax and morphology, a richer vocabulary, and the skills required for close reading of advanced classical Arabic texts in a variety of genres. The prerequisite is one year of Modern Standard Arabic.

Required books

  • Thackston, W. M. An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic. Bethesda, MD: IBEX Publishers, 2000.
  • A Reader in Classical Arabic (to be purchased from Gnomon Copy in Harvard Square)

Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Instructor: Vivian Johnson (email)
Schedule: Monday 9 am–12 pm | Wednesday 9 am–12 pm | Thursday 9 am–12 pm
Room Assignment: Divinity 106
Teaching Fellow: Eric Jarrard (email)

This course offers an intensive introduction to grammar and syntax and presupposes no previous knowledge of the language. We will begin with Hackett’s Introduction and additional exercises; by the end of the term we will be translating directly from the Hebrew Bible.

Required book:

  • Hackett, Jo Ann. A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010.
    ISBN-10: 159856028X
    ISBN-13: 978-1598560282

Elementary New Testament Greek

Instructor: James Skedros
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Andover 118
Teaching Fellow: Craig Tichelkamp (email)

This is a course on the grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. It is the equivalent of a one-year introductory course in New Testament Greek. In addition, students will be introduced to a substantial amount of classical Greek grammar, syntax, and selected vocabulary.

Required books

  • Croy, N. Clayton. A Primer of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.
    ISBN-10: 0802860001
    ISBN-13: 9780802860002
  • Hansen, Hardy, and Gerald Quinn. Greek. An Intensive Course. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Fordham University Press, 1992.
    ISBN-10: 0823216632
    ISBN-13: 978-0823216635
  • Liddell, H. G., and R. Scott. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    ISBN-10: 0199102066
    ISBN-13: 9780199102068

At least One Greek New Testament (such as):

  • Aland, Kurt, and Eberhard Nestle. Novum Testamentum Graece. With Dictionary 27th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2005.
    ISBN-10: 159856174X
    ISBN-13: 978-1598561746
  • Aland, Kurt, et. al. eds. The Greek New Testament. With Dictionary 4th rev. ed. New York: American Bible Society, 1998.
    ISBN-10: 3438051133
    ISBN-13: 978-3438051134
  • Aland, Kurt and Eberhard Nestle. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th ed. New York: American Bible Society, 1993.
    ISBN-10: 34380510001
    ISBN-13: 978-3438051004

Recommended lexicon:

  • Bauer, Walter. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. Revised and edited by Frederick William Danker. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
    ISBN-10: 0226039331
    ISBN-13: 978-0226039336

Elementary Pali

Instructor: Beatrice Chrystall
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Tuesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Rockefeller 116
Teaching Fellow: Alexis Bader (email)

Pali is the language of the Buddhist canon of the Theravāda tradition of Sri Lanka, India and Southeast Asia. It also has been one of the main languages used for literature and religious scholarship in the Theravāda Buddhist world. The Pali canon is one of the most important canons in the Buddhist world and its study has had a central place in modern Buddhist Studies. In addition, it has recently garnered attention from psychologists and others interested in mindfulness meditation.

This intensive 8-week course in Pali is the equivalent of a full course of language classes taught over one academic year. It is designed to prepare students to be able to read basic materials from the Pali canon independently. It is also designed to enable students to continue their studies of Pali, including by enrolling in a second-year university course in Pali such as is offered at Harvard Divinity School. The Summer course will take the student through all the grammar and many of the language patterns found in Pali canonical prose and verse and will give a student a solid footing for reading Pali independently.

The course is geared toward getting the student to read Pali texts as quickly as possible, using materials chosen from key canonical texts. The student is thus engaging with key canonical materials from the first class.

No prior knowledge of any language other than English is required.

Required books

  • Gair, James W. and W. S. Karunatillake. A New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2013.
    ISBN-13: 978-8120814417
  • Collins, Steven. A Pali Grammar for Students. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2006.
    ISBN-10: 9749511131
    ISBN-13: 978-9749511138

Recommended dictionary:

  • Rhys Davids, T.W. and William Stede. Pāli-English Dictionary. Oxford: The Pali Text Society Ltd., 1921–25, reprinted 1992,1995, repr. with corrections 2015.

French for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Instructor: Pascale Torracinta
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Divinity 211 and 213
Teaching Fellow: Axel Takacs (email)

An intensive eight-week introduction to reading and translating modern French texts for students who require knowledge of French for research purposes. It presents the principle structures of French grammar in a systematic and coherent manner and, at the same time, gives reading and translation assignments in selected texts related to theological and religious studies.

Required books

  • Sandberg, Karl C. and Eddison C. TathamFrench for Reading.Prentice Hall, 1997.
  • 501 French Verbs by Christopher Kendris, Barron's Educational Series, 2007. You can purchase any previous edition of this book, or any other French verb book.
  • A good-sized, hardcover French-English/English-French dictionary, with a minimum of 150,000–300,000 entries (the more, the better). With more than 820,000 entries, the Collins Robert French Unabridged Dictionary (Collins Reference, 2012, 9th edition) is the best dictionary for scholarly work. Earlier editions of this dictionary (8th, 7th, etc.) are fine too and usually cheaper. Although less comprehensive, the Collins Robert French College Dictionary (350,000 entries) is another good choice. Please note that you cannot use an online dictionary during exams.

German for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Instructor: Karin Grundler-Whitacre
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Andover 102 and 103
Teaching Fellow: Scott Rice (email)

This eight-week course in German translation balances the survey and instruction of German grammar, syntax, and basic vocabulary with the translation practice of texts by or about major German theologians and philosophers (Barth, Bonhoeffer, Hildegard von Bingen, Kant, Luther, Rahner, Schleiermacher, Soelle, and Tillich—to name just a few), as well as authors on religious matters, or texts describing world religions in general. We will work intensively on translation, reading, and analytical skills during the duration of the course. There will be approximately five to six weeks of grammar and syntax instruction and translation practice (with weekly vocabulary and translation quizzes), and the last two to three weeks of the course will focus on reviewing and practicing the newly acquired translation and reading skills.

Required books (available through the Harvard Coop for purchase, or on reserve in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library):

  • Korb, Richard Alan. German for Reading Knowledge. 7th ed. Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning, 2014.
    ISBN-10: 1-133-60426-9
    ISBN-13: 978-1-133-60426-6

The latest edition of this book is required! Please do not purchase previous copies, as they won't be useful in class. For more information about the book (print and digital version), see the publisher's website.

  • A dictionary: You will need a good-sized, hardcover German-English/English-German dictionary. A hardcover dictionary with at least 300,000 entries (more is always better) is required. Some of the most commonly used are: Harper Collins, Langenscheidt, Oxford-Duden, PONS, Webster's. You are welcome to use any dictionary of your choice. In the past students preferred Duden, Langenscheidt, or Harper-Collins dictionaries, and mentioned problems with the Cassells dictionary–therefore, I no longer recommend it.

Please note that you cannot use an online dictionary for work in class and during exams. The dictionary has to be a hardcopy and not a small paperback dictionary (too many words are missing from those).

Recommended books (it is not necessary to purchase these books; they are available on reserve in the library):

  • Coles, Waltraud and Bill Dodd. Reading German. A Course Book and Reference Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
    ISBN-10: 0198700202
    ISBN-13: 978-0198700203
  • Wilson, April. German Quickly. A Grammar for Reading German. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2004.
    ISBN-10: 0820467596
    ISBN-13: 978-0820467597
  • Ziefle, Helmut W. Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker
    Academic, 1997.
    ISBN-10: 0801021448
    ISBN-13: 978-0801021442
  • Zorach, Cecila Zorach and Charlotte Melin. English Grammar for Students of German. 4th ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Olivia & Hill Press, 2001.
    ISBN-10: 0934034311
    ISBN-13: 978-0934034319

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Instructor: Vivian Johnson
Schedule: Tuesday 9 am–12 pm | Wednesday 2–5 pm | Thursday 2–5 pm
Room Assignment: Divinity 106
Teaching Fellow: Eric Jarrard (email)

This is an intermediate level course in Biblical Hebrew designed to develop your ability to read the Hebrew Bible with fluency. To that end, you will read selected Hebrew texts with an eye toward grammar and vocabulary. Problems of translation and exegesis will be discussed as they are encountered in the reading. Also, issues of textual criticism, historical Hebrew grammar and literary analysis will be addressed where relevant. Reading of the Masora Parva notes and the biblical apparatus in the margins of BHS will also be taught in this course. However, particular emphasis will be placed on building a working vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew and developing skills in order to read with confidence. Previous knowledge of Hebrew is required.

Required books

  • Elliger, Karl, and Willhelm Rudolph (eds.). Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Compact Edition. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2006.
    ISBN-10: 1598561634
    ISBN-13: 978-1598561630
  • Mitchel, Larry A. A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984.
    ISBN-10: 0310454611
    ISBN-13: 978-0310454618
  • Brown, Francis, S. Driver, and C. Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1996.
    ISBN-10: 1565632060
    ISBN-13: 978-1565632066

Spanish Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Instructor: Lorraine Ledford (email)
Schedule: Monday 4–7 pm | Wednesday 4–7 pm | Thursday 4–7 pm
Room Assignment: Rockefeller 117 and 118
Teaching Fellow: Eleanor Craig (email)

This intensive eight-week course covers both elementary and intermediate Spanish levels. It presupposes no previous knowledge of Spanish but progresses very rapidly. We begin with pronunciation and accentuation and throughout the semester cover all verb tenses, over a thousand vocabulary words, idiomatic phrases, syntax, and translation approaches. From the outset we will do extensive conversational and translation practice during class hours and during tutorial hours. The readings will begin with Maktub by Paolo Coelho, then move on in difficulty level to selections from the writings of Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros, Eduardo Galeanos, Jorge Luis Borges, María Pilar Aquino, and Gustavo Gutiérrez. The conversational practice will focus on applications for Spanish ministry such as preaching, counseling, working in hospitals and prisons. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

Required books

  • ¿Cómo se dice…? 11th edition Cengage Learning, authors Jarvis, Lebredo, Mena-Ayllón
  • A good-sized hardback bilingual dictionary, one which lists almost all the possible interpretations of a word or idiomatic expression, including specialized theological vocabulary. I recommend the Oxford Spanish-English Dictionary. We will be using them during class.

Recommended books

If your grasp of grammar (parts of speech or verb tenses, for example) is weak, I recommend:

  • Spinelli, Emily. English Grammar for Students of Spanish: The Study Guide for Those Learning Spanish. 7th ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Olivia & Hill Press.

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