Codex Climaci Rescriptus, f.120r (Museum of the Bible, photograph by Ardon Bar Hama)


acu-home-logoACU’s Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts (CSART) fosters the study of ancient religious documents through research, teaching, and academic mentoring. CSART seeks not only to encourage research and publication but also to equip students with the capacities needed to study ancient texts, engage academic dialogue, and contribute to the scholarly enterprise.

In keeping with ACU’s mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, CSART emphasizes learning and mentoring. The acquisition of skills, cultivation of academic virtues, and practices of collaborative inquiry are fundamental to the Center’s mission.   Read more…

The Word of the Lord

Public lecture
February 15, 2022 (More Details)

Strange Religion

Carmichael-Walling Lectures
Nov. 4, 2021 (More Details)

Languages in Ministry

Panel discussion
October 14, 2021 (More Details)

"You" or "Y'all"?

by Wendell Willis
September 25, 2019 (On The Blog)

My training at ACU, especially in its focus on ancient texts, equipped me with the skills I needed not only for my doctoral program but also for my continued academic publishing. The faculty modeled a deep appreciation for ancient texts, spanning multiple languages, geographical regions, and centuries.
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Heather M. Gorman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament, Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee

Greek New Testament

Contributing to ongoing international efforts to produce a critical apparatus of the New Testament.
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Ethiopic Bible

Examining the connection between the Ethiopic version and the Greek text and the long history of textual development in Ethiopia.
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Codex Climaci Rescriptus

Editing the Syriac version of John Climacus’ spiritual classic Ladder of Divine Ascent in a remarkable palimpsest manuscript.
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Climacus in Greek

Studying the earliest known witness of a classic spiritual text.
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Opportunities for Students

Quality instruction, mentoring, and distinguished scholarships enrich the student experience.
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Online resources for studying ancient languages and religious texts.
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