Get Certified, Prove Your Knowledge!

Test out of Greek and leave your translation bible in the dust!

Biblical Mastery Academy Greek Certification provides hard evidence of competency – prove your knowledge and gain confidence in your abilities!

Whether you're preparing for seminary, or just want clarity of competence, Biblical Mastery Academy Certification provides you with an objective standard to prove your knowledge of Greek.

Progress Through 3 Levels of Certification

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Level 1

Level 1 certification demonstrates that you've learned the basics, gained confidence and experience translating and reading and have a solid starting vocabulary.

Achievements

Academic Equivalence

Completion of Level 1 certification is roughly the equivalent of what would be required in Greek to complete a Bachelor's of the Arts in Biblical Studies. Note that this is not the equivalent of a degree, which will include much more scope than just Greek. However, level 1 certification is equivalent to the Greek language requirements within the degree.

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Level 2

Level 2 gives further experience reading the New Testament in Greek, providing mastery of 20 New Testament books, solid hermeneutical understanding and exegetical experience.

Achievements​

Academic Equivalence

While many Master of Divinity programs do not require languages, completion of Level 2 certification is roughly the equivalent of a robust education in Greek at a graduate level. Note that this is not the equivalent of a degree, just the Greek language requirements within the degree, and should be more than sufficient for MDiv graduates without Greek to gain entrance into doctoral programs that require Greek.

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Level 3

Level 3 certification requires the proficiency you'd want to be able to read the Greek New Testament daily and complete it in 6 months with little to no support from tools

Achievements​

Academic Equivalence

Level 3 certification will provide similar or better proficiency with the Greek text than most New Testament PhD programs require at graduation. Note that this is not the equivalent of a doctorate, but is a fair representation of the Greek language requirements at a doctoral level.

* The amount of time may vary from student to student. Certification is self-paced but progress is objectively measured.
** See notes below about maintenence

Why Become Certified?

When you need an objectively demonstrable level of knowledge in the Greek of the New Testament, Biblical Mastery Academy certification delivers. 

Many colleges and seminaries will allow students to waive language classes if they can demonstrate competence. Biblical Mastery Academy Certification is designed to provide clarity that professors and accrediting bodies can evaluate with confidence.

As Biblical Mastery Academy grows and evolves, additional benefits to certification will develop for certified members. 

Who can become certified?

Biblical Mastery Academy Certification is currently an optional benefit of the Greek Mastery Membership. The primary focus of the Greek Mastery Memberships to develop a greater love for Christ and the Word through knowledge of the languages, so members are not required to complete certification, but certification is offered an optional add-on to the membership.

Certification is currently not available to non-members.

Requirements for Certification

Requirements for Level 1

Completion of Level 1 certification combines both work done with interaction on live calls with a qualified examiner. 

Requirement Measure
Completed Beginning Greek
Evaluated by completion of subsequent requirements
Completion of Reading Greek course
Attendance and participation on calls
Parsing Competency
85% pass on parsing exam
Reading Completed
Two page reading responses submitted
Mastery of 7 New Testament Books
Completion of Milestone 1, Spot translation examination

Level 1 Required Reading

Beginning Grammar

Completed reading of any beginning Greek grammar. Simple yes/no is sufficient, no reading response required.

Greek for Life

Read and submit 2 page reading response

Reading Academy

Read and submit 2 page reading response for one of three additional books read in the BMA Community Reading Academy. Book options will be provided upon registration.

Requirements for Level 2

Completion of Level 2 certification requires additional involvement in courses, additional reading and community involvement. Competency is evaluated over time through active engagement as well as written evidence.

Requirement Measure
Completed Greek Syntax course
Attendance and participation on calls
Completion of three Interpretation courses*
Attendance and participation on calls
Exegetical Competency
85% pass on syntax and exegesis exam
Reading Completed
Two page reading responses submitted
Mastery of 20 New Testament Books
Completion of Milestone 4, Spot translation examination
Written Essay
10 page, formatted paper on NT studies topic

* Courses currently being developed, and will include both hermeneutical and exegetical principles of Ephesians (epistolary), 2 Peter (prophetic) and Mark (narrative).

Level 2 Required Reading

Intermediate Grammar

Read and submit 2 page reading response for Mathewson and Emig's Intermediate Greek Grammar

Greco-Roman World

Read and submit 2 page reading response on James Jeffers' The Greco-Roman World of the Greek New Testament

Hermeneutics

Read and submit 2 page reading response for Abner Chou's The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers

Verbal Aspect

Read and submit 2 page reading response for Constantine Campbell's Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek

Text Criticism

Read and submit 2 page reading response for one book on Text Criticism

Requirements for Level 3

Completion of Level 3 certification requires additional involvement in advanced courses, completed reading (twice) through the Greek New Testament and demonstration of community leadership.

Requirement Measure
Completed Greek Syntax course
Attendance and participation on calls
Completion of additional courses*
Attendance and participation on calls
Reading Competency
Completed reading Greek New Testament in six months
Reading Completed
Two page reading response submitted (texts TBA)
Mastery of New Testament
Completion of Milestone 7, Spot translation examination anywhere in the Greek New Testament, and select LXX/AF texts.

* Full Level 3 Requirements are still in development

How to get from here to there.

Here are the steps you’ll need to go through to become Level 1 certified.

  • Step 1: Join the Greek Mastery Membership

    Join the Greek Mastery Membership to get access to everything you need to learn and master the Greek of the New Testament. The membership opens to those on the mailing list a few times each year. Join the mailing list now.

  • Step 2: Complete Beginning Greek

    Beginning Greek provides the basics of New Testament Greek grammar and syntax. You don't have to have completed beginning Greek with Biblical Mastery Academy, but it is a great place to learn or refresh your Greek!

  • Step 3: Participate in the Reading Greek course

    The 10 week Reading Greek course is part of the Greek Mastery Membership and follows on from beginning Greek so that you can build confidence reading New Testament texts quickly. At the end of this course you will be confident reading six books of the New Testament.

  • Step 4: Complete Milestone 1

    Milestone 1 takes just a few weeks of self-study after the Reading Greek course and will complete the reading and vocabulary requirements for Level 1 certification.

  • Step 5: Complete Additional Requirements

    As you work through the previous steps, you can also be working on your reading through the Community Reading Academy, and you're already practicing your parsing. So just write up your reading responses!

  • Step 6: Complete Examination

    Once each year, we offer examination for the different levels. The examination period takes place in June/July each year.

Maintain Your Certification

Use it or lose it.

Experience shows that the lower your skills with Greek are, the more likely you are to forget what you’ve learned.

This experience drives the maintenance requirements for Biblical Mastery Academy Certification.

The greater your proficiency, the greater the chance you’ll use, retain and develop your knowledge.

Therefore, certification only needs to be maintained at level 1 and level 2. Level one certification, if not further developed needs to be renewed after 2 years. Level two certification after 3 years. 

Once you attain Level 3 certification, you never have to renew your certification. After all, why read a translation when you’re proficient in the original Greek? 

Level 1 certification automatically lapses after 2 years if you have not continued to develop or maintain your Greek. While you've developed good skill around the basics, your inexperience and low vocabulary keeps you from using Greek as much as you want to.

Level 2 certification automatically lapses after 3 years if you have not continued to develop or maintain your Greek. Your experience has developed significantly and you have a good working vocabulary, but you're still dependant on translations for parts of the New Testament.

Level 3 certification does not lapse. Read the New Testament in Greek once or twice a year with ease, read through the apostolic fathers and read the Septuagint. Read Greek with ever-increasing knowledge every day!

3 Simple Ways to Maintain
Level 1 & 2 Certification.

  • 1. Progress in the Greek Mastery Membership

    The Greek Mastery Membership provides a success path for all members to follow. By making regular and consistent progress (adding new vocabulary every three months or more and continuing to read), you automatically maintain your membership.

  • 2. Progress in the Community Membership

    By consistently engaging in Text Reading Calls and engaging in the Community Membership you maintain your certification

  • 3. Sit the spot translation exam to renew

    You don't need to be a member to renew your Certification. All you need to do is join the spot translation exam and demonstrate that you have maintained a level of mastery appropriate to your certification. This option is really intended for people who do not remain in the membership. Most members will not require any additional work to maintain their certification as long as they continue to take advantage of their membership. This is simply a low one-off fee once every few years. Easy!

Ready to get started?

Dr. Darryl Burling

The Greek Mastery Membership opens to those on the Biblical Mastery Academy mailing list several times each year. Join the mailing list to find out more!