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James S.

Cincinnati, OH

$45/hour

Greek, Hebrew, Interpretation, and Linguistics Instructor

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 53 ratings
Effective and interesting teaching
— Yumna, Elgin, AZ on 12/2/16

$45/Hour


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God's Bible School & College
Biblical Studies
Cincinnati Christian University
Master's
Liberty University
Graduate Coursework

Education

God's Bible School & College (Biblical Studies)

Cincinnati Christian University (Master's)

Liberty University (Graduate Coursework)

About James

I am interested in all aspects of Religion. I have studied both the original languages and the primary texts related to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. The languages include Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Sanskrit. The texts include the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament), The Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament), The Apocrypha, The Greek New Testament, the writings of the Church Fathers, the Qur'an, and the Vedas. I have also been introduced to the primary texts of other religions in the English language.

I have an avid interest in learning the languages of sacred literature, learning the background for each piece of literature and learning how to interpret the literature. This interpretation is based upon a thorough analysis of the language, text and background for the text.

I have been given several opportunities to teach Greek at various levels, New Testament Introduction, Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, Romans, James, World Religions, Church History, Old Testament Survey and textual Exegesis. My master's thesis was on Hermeneutical Models. This paper analyzed various systems of interpreting texts and proposed a new system for understanding the process of interpretation. I am currently researching the Greek verbal system. My PhD dissertation is on the verbal aspect of Greek Perfect tenses, which involves sifting through competing views, while finding commonalities between opposing views.

I have tutored diverse students particularly in languages and exegesis of those languages. These students I tutored were able to excel in the class because of my tutoring, in spite of starting the course being deficient in one or more skills which the course demanded.

I am an experienced student-paper editor, who critiques the student papers with an eye for what is publish-worthy. Many of the papers I have proofread and helped them edit have become published within the academic field of the student.
I am interested in all aspects of Religion. I have studied both the original languages and the primary texts related to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. The languages include Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Sanskrit. The texts include the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament), The Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament), The Apocrypha, The Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Reduced group rates are available for students who wish to meet together and are at the same level in a subject.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Cincinnati, OH 45205
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"Effective and interesting teaching"

- Yumna, Elgin, AZ on 12/2/16
Language:
Greek,
Hebrew
History:
Religion
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have taught Bible in both the High School and College setting for several years. I have developed and prepared course material, lectured, administered tests, graded tests and facilitated the courses for the academic year. I have done this for in-class, online, and hybrid courses. I integrated various pedagogical methods with the course content to enhance the learning potential for learners with differing learning styles.

I also coordinated the learning objectives of the class with the objectives of the accreditation body ensuring a mutual understanding of the validity of the course content. I cultivated a learning environment and encouraged students and instilled confidence in them when they doubted their own abilities.

Chess

I have been a chess sponsor at a High-School chess club for two years. I have been rated before by the Unites States Chess Federation, and played competitively, as well. I have played chess internationally as well on several continents.

Greek

I have over 21 hours of graduate level Greek coursework in addition to my undergraduate work in Greek. I have taught Greek at various levels to include the first four semesters of Greek. This progression is usually two semesters of vocabulary and grammar, followed by at least a semester of syntax. Then, the fourth (or following) semester uses an exegetical method to analyze texts written in Greek.

I have taught groups as well as tutored individuals. Learning Greek is like building a house. First you dig and pour the foundation. This is what the first and second semester does. Next, you build the frame and roof. This is what a syntax semester or year does. Lastly, you put in the electrical wiring, plumbing and other fixtures. This is what Exegesis does. A learner must have a good foundation before moving on to Syntax and Exegesis. My role as a tutor is to assist learners in either filling in foundational gaps or moving on in the learning process.

I also have published several critical reviews of popular Greek Grammars, Linguistic works, and interpretive tools for Greek texts.

Hebrew

I have over 18 hours of graduate level studies in the Hebrew language. This is in addition to my undergraduate work. I also have studied Aramaic, which is a similar although different language. I am able to tutor learners in the basics of grammar, vocabulary, syntax and exegesis.

I have also reviewed many of the major grammars for Hebrew and evaluated their strengths and weaknesses.

Proofreading

I have been a book review editor for the Stone-Campbell Journal for 8 years. I proofread the edition's review section twice per year, which accounts for roughly 40 reviews per issue.

I have also provided proofreading for many articles that were later published.

Religion

I have my Master's of Divinity with over 98 graduate hours in Religion. I teach World Religions, Comparative Religions, the History of many Religions, and many in depth courses in Christianity and Judaism. I have studied the texts of several major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, and learned the languages which are important for Christianity and Judaism. I am able to examine, translate, and interpret the major texts of these religions in their original languages. I teach the languages as well as methods for translating and interpreting the text.

I am a person who approaches knowledge fairly, and who appreciates people of faith traditions different from my own. I validate and encourage people, and I do not approach people in a way that is offensive or rude. I love the education process, and I feel great when others learn something new.

Writing

I have written many critical reviews of works within my academic field. I have also written peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference speeches, which were of an analytic nature.

God's Bible School & College
Biblical Studies
Cincinnati Christian University
Master's
Liberty University
Graduate Coursework

Education

God's Bible School & College (Biblical Studies)

Cincinnati Christian University (Master's)

Liberty University (Graduate Coursework)

Effective and interesting teaching

James has helped me to deal with my study problems successfully. He likes to simplify the unfamiliar concepts and he tries to satisfy my thirst of knowledge. Thank you very much for your support.

— Yumna, Elgin, AZ on 12/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Reduced group rates are available for students who wish to meet together and are at the same level in a subject.

Travel policy

James will travel within 30 miles of Cincinnati, OH 45205.