Schools for being trained in the triad of Bible translation disciplines
There are many good schools. We are familiar with the following:
- Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary [KY] (Theology, Exegesis); SBTS has a shared MDiv degree in Missions and Bible Translation, with training in linguistics at SIL’s Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics [TX] (Linguistics). They also have a student group called “Bible Translators in Training,” check out their resources and start one at your school!
- The College at Southeastern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary [NC]. This school had a MA in Bible Translation but dropped it because the IMB would not employ translators (Theology, Exegesis).
- The Master’s College and Seminary [CA]. If you choose this option, there is SIL at Biola, or many CA State schools where you can get excellent linguistic training (e.g. UCLA, UCSD, CSUN). (Theology, Exegesis)
- Bethlehem College & Seminary [MN]. Education at Bethlehem focuses on the biblical languages, exegesis and biblical theology, all with a view towards missiology (Theology, Exegesis).
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School [IL] (Theology, Exegesis)
- Wheaton College [IL] (Theology, Exegesis)
- Westminster Theological Seminary [PA and CA]. The most well-known school for receiving historic, Reformed theological education (Theology, Exegesis).
- Reformed Theological Seminary [Multiple States] (Theology, Exegesis)
- University of the Free State [South Africa] (Linguistics, Bible Translation, Hebrew)
- Stellenbosch University and the Center for Bible Interpretation and Translation in Africa [South Africa] (Linguistics, Translation, Hebrew)
- SIL has a number of locations globally where you can get linguistic training
- The following article compares “20 Great Schools for a Linguistics Degree” and includes both secular and Christian institutions throughout the USA that have a linguistics program. There is not a strong presentation of the kind of theology one will receive at the schools listed, but the list is helpful for looking at where linguistics programs are offered, and one could always get linguistics training at a secular school that is located near a strong Bible college or seminary and get their theology and biblical languages at the Christian institution.