The Logos Seminar is available to all EPMC students who have completed the Hebrew and Greek language sequences and the required core courses in Old and New Testament exegesis at another seminary that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
At CTS, the language curriculum includes 5 courses in Hebrew, 5 courses in Greek, and an introductory course in Logos Bible Software, which is then used as a tool in all language courses.
We recognize that each seminary has different language study requirements. At minimum, Hebrew Language studies for EPMC students will include a full study of Hebrew grammar and syntax (not less than a year studies). EPMC students should also have at least one exegetical course where the Hebrew language is applied to a particular part of Scripture. Preferably, students will also have courses in OT Narratives and OT Prophets or Poets.
At minimum, Greek Language studies for EPMC students will include a full study of Greek grammar and syntax (not less than a year of studies). EPMC students should also have at least one exegetical course where the Greek language is applied to a particular part of Scripture. Preferably, students will also have courses in NT Narratives and NT Letters.
The Logos seminar will be offered at the end of the Fall semester (December 11-14, 2012). EPMC students are required to attend the seminar from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, to have in their possession a computer (laptop or desk-top) loaded with the Logos 4.0 program, and to successfully complete graded exercises based on the work of the seminar. Retakes are limited to the times when the seminars are offered.
The Biblical Department offers the following information about the option to take the LOGOS seminar in order to help students prepare themselves and to help them understand the division’s expectations:
- The LOGOS seminar is only offered in December. The seminary fee is $500.00. The cost for retaking the Logos test is $100.00.
- The LOGOS seminar will only be offered at regularly scheduled times. In the event a student does not pass the LOGOS seminar, that student must initiate the contact with Professor Bosma to discuss retaking the test.
- The LOGOS seminar will be offered only on campus at CTS.
- To take this seminar, students must own a copy of the latest version of Logos 4.0 and have it installed on their PC laptop or desktop (which must be brought into the seminar). The PC must be installed with a version of Windows no older than Version XP. CTS students who do not yet own a copy of this Bible software can purchase it at a 50% discount at the following on-line web address: http://www.logos.com/Academic/CalvinTS/Required2009.
- The four day seminar will consist of 3 1/2 days of training and 1/2 day (the afternoon of the fourth day) of completing exercises through which students will successfully demonstrate (by achieving a score of 70% or higher) their competency in working with this Bible software to exegete texts from the O.T. and from the N.T. and to discuss relevant grammatical and syntactical features of these texts.
- To prepare for this training session, it is suggested that students review their working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew grammar and syntax. The LOGOS program can give the meaning of the vocabulary and can also parse. It will not, however, inform the user why, for example, a biblical writer used a perfect verb, nor why aHiphil verb was used. Furthermore, students should know how to delimit the clauses in a Greek and Hebrew text and explain how the clauses are related to each other in the texts under study. For the delimitation of Hebrew clauses students are encouraged to e-mail Professor Carl J. Bosma for orientation
- To answer syntactical questions in the Greek and Hebrew exercises, students must purchase the following add-on LOGOS products:For Greek:Daniel B. Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.For Hebrew:
Either Waltke and O’Connor, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, or Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Some editions of the LOGOS software have Christo van de Merve’s A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar.