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Theological English: An Advanced ESL Text for Students of Theology (Hibbs & Reiley)

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Are you a non-native English speaker who plans to study theology in English at an advanced level?

With thirty lessons covering the major genres of theology (apologetics, biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology), Theological English invites you to develop your English skills while actively putting them to use.

  • Build your skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing English
  • Reinforce your skills through relevant tasks and activities
  • Explore answers to important biblical and theological questions

Drawing on the latest language-acquisition research, Theological English provides practical and effective activities in a Reformed theological context. Shaped and validated by student feedback over years of use, it is a sure guide to a complex subject—and one that will take you far in your studies.



“This book both helps to pioneer a field where few resources currently exist and sets a very high standard for other future efforts.”

—Will Bankston, Editor, Thinking Theologically about Language Teaching

“A compelling introduction to theology that effectively builds the reader’s mastery of the English language. Though marvelously useful for non-native English speakers, any budding student of theology will profit significantly from the language skills absorbed along this reverent theological pilgrimage.”

—David B. Garner, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Students of theology around the world will benefit from access to this volume, which brings language and content together in ways that help students navigate the linguistic challenges of theological works and provides an introduction to a range of topics.”

—Cheri Pierson, Associate Professor of TESOL Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School


The Authors

Pierce Taylor Hibbs (MAR, ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate director for theological curriculum and instruction in the Theological English Department at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Megan Reiley (MA in Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh) is Westminster Theological Seminary’s theological English instructor, as well as an adjunct ESL instructor at the University of Pittsburgh.