I’m hoping that this post is in the correct sub-forum, but I think since it pertains to sacred scriptures and the Bible, I would think it’s okay to post it here.
I know that Catholic seminaries exist to usually train those who will become clergy or other ministries but do those (such as me) who are laymen (laywoman, in my case) also become seminary students, even if they will never enter the priesthood? I’m not quite sure how this works so excuse my ignorance.
The reason why I’m asking is that there is a Baptist Bible college not too far from me. Out of curiosity I looked up what courses and majors they teach. Most of the stuff they do is about entering ministry, missions, evangelism, etc. But they also have “general studies” majors for men and women (that teach about the Bible as well as “home” things such as math, financing, sewing, etc) which I found interesting. They also offer NT/Koine Greek for specific majors.
I know the majority of Bible colleges are associated with Protestant sects, and some of these colleges are big institutes for translating Hebrew and NT Greek texts/Bibles. My main interest is in teaching myself NT Greek. I feel like I want this hobby to go simply beyond a hobby (eventually), but I don’t know how. Obviously, there are Catholic Bible translations and I’m assuming, Catholic seminaries/other theological schools also teach NT Greek. I mean, how else would we translate the Septuagint/New Testament if Catholic students didn’t know NT Greek? But are they learning NT Greek from seminaries or non-Catholic institutes (such as Protestant Bible colleges)? Sorry, not really sure how this works.
I would like to know what I could do for the Catholic Church if I was educated in NT Greek or even Hebrew too. Or rather, where can a laywoman go to to take formal classes in NT Greek, Hebrew, or general theology and get a degree for doing it? What could I do for the Church with such a degree? For example, I’ve been contemplating doing near-Eastern/biblical archaeology if I ever go for my Master’s/PhD, but I haven’t found really any Catholic institutions that have solid biblical/near-Eastern archaeology departments. I can only find such graduate programs in Protestant institutions such as those of Wheaton College. Usually biblical archaeology students are required to take general ancient Greek (which includes Koine) as well as Hebrew and other obscure languages.
Sorry, this post is kind of all over the place. But I guess my question is, “are there such things as Catholic Bible colleges for laypersons such as me?”