Greek and Hebrew for Life

January 11-12, 2019

Teaching God’s Word is paramount among a pastor’s priorities. However, the demands of ministry are numerous and varied, making it easy for pastors to slip in their comprehension and utilization of the biblical languages. In this forthcoming Alumni Academy, Dr. Rob Plummer, Dr. Adam Howell,  along with several other professors, will offer guidance for pastors who are trying to get back on track in their Greek or Hebrew language skills.


Non-pastors (both men and women) are also welcome and encouraged to attend!


Rob Plummer

Dr. Plummer is a New Testament scholar with a heart for helping pastors use their Greek New Testaments in their sermon preparation. To this end, he developed Daily Dose of Greek, a service that provides daily videos of brief instruction on the Greek grammar of one verse in the New Testament. He is also a co-author of Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament (B&H, 2015).

Adam Howell

Adam Howell is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Boyce College. Howell is married to Liz and they have four children: Noah, Tovah, Judah, and Norah.

In addition to a regular teaching schedule, Howell has contributed to Hebrew dictionaries and published articles in both the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and Luther Rice Journal of Christian Studies. Howell serves as the Old Testament Book Review Editor for the Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies, and is on the peer review board for the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry.

Terry J. Betts

Betts is a fourth generation Southern Baptist minister who has pastored 14 years in Ohio and Indiana. He has written Ezekiel the Priest: A Custodian of Tora. He contributed a chapter to The Challenge of the Great Commission and has written for Holman Bible Dictionary, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and The Tie. He has participated in an archaeological dig at Hazor. He is a frequent preacher, Bible conference speaker, and member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Jim Hamilton

James M. Hamilton

Hamilton serves as Professor of Biblical Theology for Southern Seminary. He has written God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology and God’s Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. He has contributed chapters to many other books, and has authored many scholarly articles. He currently serves as the preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church.

Peter Gentry

Peter Gentry

Dr. Gentry has an expansive knowledge of biblical languages. He served on the faculty of Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College for 15 years and taught at the University of Toronto, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Tyndale Theological Seminary. He is currently editing Ecclesiastes and Proverbs for the Göttingen Septuagint Series and is giving leadership to the Hexapla Institute.

Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers

Dr. Vickers currently serves as the assistant editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has written Justification by Grace Through Faith: Finding Freedom from Legalism, Lawlessness, Pride, and Despair (P&R Publishing, 2013) , and has published articles in Trinity Journal, Eusebia, Gospel Witness, and The New Holman Bible Dictionary.

Marcus Leman

Marcus Leman

Marcus is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (PhD, Old Testament). Before his doctoral studies he taught communicative biblical Hebrew at The Bethlehem Institute and ESL courses in a variety of contexts. He has served on staff at Chapelstreet Church (Geneva, IL) and at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN). Marcus aims to assist others in reading God’s word with deeper understanding so that they can more fully delight in Him.

Tyler Flatt

Tyler Flatt

Tyler is a professor of Humanities at Boyce College. He was trained in the Greek and Latin classics at Harvard and has taught beginning and intermediate courses in both languages, covering a wide variety of periods and genres. He is currently working on a translation, edition, and exposition of Erasmus’ Annotations on the Gospel of John for the Collected Works of Erasmus project (University of Toronto Press).

Jonathan Pennington

Dr. Pennington has produced works on both Greek and Hebrew vocabulary, in addition to the book, Reading the Gospels Wisely. His research interests include the Gospels, the history of interpretation, hermeneutics, and the theological interpretation of Scripture. He is currently writing the Pillar NT Commentary on Matthew, and published The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary.

Denny Burk

Denny Burk

Burk joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary in 2008. He serves as the director of the Center for Gospel and Culture. Burk writes frequently on biblical and theological topics. He is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? as well as a book on Greek grammar entitled Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament.

David Wyman

David Wyman

David Wyman is currently a PhD student in New Testament at SBTS supervised by Daniel Gurtner. He grew up south of Boston and did his BA (History) at Bridgewater State University and two MA degrees (NT, Biblical Languages) at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He has been married to his wife Emma since 2014.

Barry Joslin

Barry Joslin

Joslin serves as Professor of Christian Theology; Program Coordinator, Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College. He is married to Jessica, and have four kids: Haddon, Carson, Elisabeth, and Mary; and are active members of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville. He is a contributing author to Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words published by Zondervan; author of the book, Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: The Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18

Nat Erickson

Nat Erickson

Nat Erickson is currently a New Testament PhD student at SBTS, focusing on issues in the Greek verbal system. He grew up in Michigan, went to college at Michigan Technological University, and that is where he met his wife, Maija. They have two kids, Eli (3) and Nancy (1) and live in Northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati. He is interested in language study, cross-cultural theological education, shoveling snow (which we sadly don’t have in Kentucky), and eating tasty food.


Greek & Hebrew for Life Conference


Friday, January 11

12:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Session I – Plenary I: Adam Howell – “Weighed in the Scales and Found Wanting”
3 p.m. Session II: (choose one)

  • T.J. Betts – “Jots and Tittles: Basic Noun Morphology”  Norton 101
  • Jim Hamilton – “Using Hebrew in Sermon Preparation”  Norton 102
  • Peter Gentry – “Using Discourse Grammar to Interpret Hebrew Narrative” Norton 103


  • Brian Vickers – “Greek Really Does Matter: Exegetical Gems from Philippians”  Norton 207
  • Rob Plummer – “Behind the Screencast: Exactly How I Record Daily Dose of Greek”  Norton 195


  • Nathan Parsons – “Earliest Bible Translations in English: A VIP Museum Experience”  PRR
4 p.m. Session III: (choose one)


  • T.J. Betts – “Jots and Tittles: Basic Verb Morphology”  Norton 101
  • Marcus Leman – “The Exegetical Value of Learning and Using the Masoretic Accents”  Norton 102


  • Tyler Flatt – “The Bible in Plain Latin: The Vulgate in Medieval and Renaissance Europe” Norton 103
  • Jonathan Pennington – “Cognitive Linguistics and Prepositions in 1 John”  Norton 195


  • Nathan Parsons – “Earliest Bible Translations in English: A VIP Museum Experience”  PRR

Saturday, January 12

9 a.m. Session IV: (choose one)


  • Adam Howell – “How I Learned to Read: Strategies for and Benefits of Reading Hebrew Regularly” Norton 195
  • Peter Gentry – “The Hebrew Verbal System” Norton 103


  • Denny Burk – “Nuances of the Infinitive: Why are Some Greek Prepositions Preceded by Articles?” Norton 101
  • David Wyman – “Learning Greek as a Living Language: Benefits, Resources, and Challenges” Norton 102


  • Nathan Parsons – “Earliest Bible Translations in English: A VIP Museum Experience”  PRR
10:15 a.m. Session V: (choose one)


  • Marcus Leman – “Can A Dead Language Live?: Using Communicative Language Learning To Benefit Your Biblical Hebrew Study” Norton 102


  • Barry Joslin – “Grammar-Driven Theology: How Greek Grammar Undergirds Theology” Norton 101
  • Nat Erickson – “Improving Your Greek by Getting Outside the New Testament” Norton 103


  • Nathan Parsons – “Earliest Bible Translations in English: A VIP Museum Experience”  PRR
11:30 a.m.  Lunch**
1:00 p.m. Session VI – Plenary II: Rob Plummer – “So Many Greek New Testaments… Which One to Buy/Read?”


** Lunch for Prospective Students will be provided, along with a campus tour with an Admissions Team representative.

** The Commonweal Project is hosting a free lunch on Saturday, January 12th for anyone who would like to attend. To join, please add a “ticket” to this luncheon as you register using the link below.

Legacy Hotel

Comfortable, convenient lodging for Alumni Academy.

Located on the historic campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., The Legacy Hotel offers modern amenities, friendly service, high-tech capabilities, a convenient location, plus something no other conference center can provide: Southern Seminary.


Southern or Boyce Alumni  Free
Prospective Student Free
IMB worker Free
SBC Pastor Free
Others $75
*Greek or Hebrew Review Class option additional $68 for all

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Rates do not include meals or lodging.

Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Discover.


There are no pro-rated conference registration fees available. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds, less a $15.00 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for all cancellations received in writing by December 28th. Refunds will not be granted for any reason after that date.

Cancellations requests can be made to the Office of Alumni Services: P: (502) 897-4143 or E:

Greek or Hebrew Week Review Course

Along with the Friday-Saturday Alumni Academy, participants are encouraged to attend Dr. Plummer’s Greek Review course or Dr. Howell’s Hebrew review course held on campus at SBTS, January 7-11 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) This course will give attendees even more time to review Greek or Hebrew grammar and reading.

If you are interested in participating in this class option, please email to enroll. As a reminder, if you are not an alumnus of SBTS or Boyce, you will first need to complete a free student application to enroll in this course.

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