Davenant Latin Institute Partners with Gordon Conwell

The Davenant Latin Institute is gearing up for another great year of enriching the church and academy by equipping students, teachers, pastors, and scholars to read the language of our Christian past. We are also excited to announce that we have just established a partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to recognize all our courses for seminary-level credit. Students who take our courses, enroll at GCTS as special students, and pay a modest transcripting fee, will be able, in principle, to transfer this language or elective credit to any ATS institution in the United States and Canada! Read more…

Deadlines Approaching for Summer Latin Course Enrollment

With the 2015-16 academic year coming to a close, the Davenant Latin Institute is gearing up for our summer intensive Introduction to Theological Latin courses which will begin in June. These are designed with the needs of busy seminarians, graduate students, and teachers in mind, offering a chance to rapidly build your language skills during the summer break, so that you can maintain and develop them further during the following academic year with relatively minimal effort. If you’ve been hoping to acquire or build Latin ability for your research or teaching, and have struggled to find time to do so, this is a great opportunity.

We offer two main options this summer. First are our LAT511 and LAT512 Intensive modules, each running for four weeks (June 13th-July 8th, and July 15th-August 12). Taught by our veteran Latin instructor, Ryan Handermann, these courses will make use of the revolutionary new language learning program provided by New Saint Andrews College and BibleMesh. Each is priced at just $480 for four credit-hours worth of language instruction. Students completing LAT512 will be eligible to continue into our Intermediate Theological Latin Reading course this fall, reading texts from Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and many more in the original Latin. The deadline to register for LAT511 is just a month away—May 23rd.

For students who want to build their language skills even more quickly and intensively, we offer a two-week residential immersive Latin course (June 9-22) at our beautiful Davenant House facility in the Blue Ridge foothills of South Carolina. Michael Spangler, an experienced Latin instructor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will lead students in ten days of Latin reading, writing, and conversation, including nature walks and group activities in which Latin only will be spoken. See details on the syllabus here. The deadline for this course is coming up even sooner—on May 9th, less than two weeks away!

Some scholarships are available for both courses.

Davenant Latin Institute Partners with BibleMesh and New Saint Andrews

After a successful first year of the Davenant Latin Institute, we are pleased to announce today new plans to expand the program’s reach. We are partnering with BibleMesh and New Saint Andrews College to further our goal of providing accessible, affordable online Latin education for anyone interested in learning Latin. The first module NSA’s BibleMesh Latin is now online and ready for purchase. The video below, produced by NSA, shows how the software works: Read more…

Davenant Latin Institute Hires Aaron Denlinger

We are pleased to announce that, beginning this Spring Semester, Aaron Denlinger will be joining the faculty of our Davenant Latin Institute. Dr. Denlinger is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Reformation Bible College, and Research Fellow for the Puritan Studies Program of the University of the Free State. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on early modern Reformed history and theology. Recent work includes Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland, 1560-1775 (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015) for which he served as editor, and a translation of Robert Rollock’s 1596 Quaestiones et responsiones aliquot de foedere Dei (Eugene: Pickwick Publications, forthcoming).

Dr. Denlinger is highly qualified to teach both the intricacies of the Latin language in its early modern usage, and also to teach the broader theological and historical context for early modern Latin writings, and is accordingly a great fit for our Advanced Early Modern Latin Reading online course. Initially, he will just fill in for a few weeks in the Spring semester of the current Advanced course, but he plans to teach the entire course next fall, and also lead our Residential Intensive Advanced Translation seminar this summer. The project for the summer seminar will be a translation of the never-before-translated De Praedestione et Reprobatione by John Davenant, a seminal early Reformed treatment of the doctrine of predestination that Dr. Denlinger will be translating and editing for our Library of Early English Protestantism. We are confident that Dr. Denlinger will prove to be a tremendous asset for our organization as we pursue our work of Protestant resourcement.