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Working with Ancient and Research Languages

If your work deals with texts or populations that do not use English as a primary language, you'll need to learn to work with languages in your research. The CST Library catalog has access to many items in many ancient and modern languages, including German, French, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew. We also have access to reference works such as lexicons, grammars, lesson books, collections of primary texts, and photos of manuscripts. For more comprehensive guides of resources for Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew, click here.

If English is not your first language, we may be able to support your need for translations. Korean students can find many resources, both written in and translated to Korean, in our Korean Collection on the ground floor of the library, near the Reference Section. Our regular collection contains some works in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Braille, and modern Hebrew. If you need a resource in a particular language, request it through InterLibrary Loan or contact

Language Exams

If you are a PhD student, click here for information about scheduling language exams. You can find study resources for your language exams by searching the title of your program (e.g., "New Testament and Christian Origins" or "Religion, Ethics, and Society") in the Course Reserves section of the catalog here.

For exams in Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew, contact the Library Circulation Desk or the Exams Coordinator for information about study passages.

You may be able to complete some of your language requirements by receiving satisfactory grades in a course, instead of sitting an exam. Discuss your options with your advisor and the registrar. This option is not available to all students for all languages.

Language Courses

CST periodically offers language courses. These may include

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Greek
  • Arabic
  • Syriac
  • Aramaic
  • Ge'ez (Ethiopic)

Students may also attend language courses at CGU and the Claremont Colleges. Check the CUC's course offerings for more information