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Matthew Glassman, M.T.S. ‘12

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Matt Glassman’s general interest was in biblical studies when he arrived at the School of Theology and Ministry in September 2010. As he dug deeper into his subject, Glassman was also drawn into the world of ancient biblical languages. By the time he graduated, he was fully immersed in Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. He studied all three in the same semester.

“The academic rigor of Boston College and the demands of the professors—the quality of work and the quantity—prepared me for what I would encounter at Yale University,” where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilization, said Glassman. He is concentrating on Akkadian and Sumerian, and the 3000 years leading up to Christianity.

“When I entered STM, I really didn’t envision it,” Glassman said of his current academic course. He credits STM faculty, especially two premiere biblical scholars and Jesuit priests—Daniel J. Harrington and Richard J. Clifford—for inspiration and guidance. “Harrington probably thought he was never going to get rid of me,” Glassman says of the scholar best known for his part in deciphering and translating the Dead Sea Scrolls. “I took four or five courses with him. He’s read everything and knows everything.”

The two influential academics also gave him invaluable “inside information” about various graduate schools, and continual coaching. “I never would have had access to that information,” said Glassman, a 2008 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio), who did two years of pastoral ministry before enrolling at STM.

Glassman expects to complete his doctoral work in five years, at which point he will look for a faculty position in a department of languages, history, or religious studies.

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