What is seminary?

  • (noun): A private place of education for the young.
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A seminary, theological college, or divinity school is an institution of secondary or post-secondary education for educating students (sometimes called seminarians) in theology, generally to prepare them for ordination as clergy or for other ministry. The English word is taken from the Latin seminarium, translated as seed-bed, an image taken from the Council of Trent document Cum adolescentium aetas which called for the first modern seminaries. Accordingly, in the West the term usually refers to Roman Catholic educational institutes, but has widened to include other Christian denominations and American Jewish institutions.

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Immanuel General Mission - Affiliations and Partnerships - South India Bible Seminary (1984)
... South India Bible Institute (now South India Biblical Seminary) first opened its doors on 16 November 1937 in Madras (now Chennai) ... The seminary’s basic purpose is to train Indian young people for Christian ministry ... The seminary was restructured again in 1981 to include the Church of the Nazarene as a partner with World Gospel Mission ...
Capital Baptist Theological Seminary - History
... The school began as Seoul Baptist Theological Seminary, directly operated by the Korea Baptist Convention, in 1976 ... At this time the school was merged with two pre-existing institutions, Grace Seminary and Kyunggi Seminary, and the name was changed to the current one ... The school was recognized as a theological seminary by the Ministry of Education in 1982 ...
Roman Catholic Diocese Of Fargo - Seminary
... of Fargo also operated Cardinal Meunch Seminary, established in 1962, for the formation of men to the priesthood ... The seminary was closed in May 2011 due to increased cost of operation and lack of funding ...
Meredith Kline - Academic Career
... from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and Ph.D ... teaching Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary (1948-1977), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1965-1993), the Claremont School of Theology (1974-1975), Reformed Theological ... Kline was a professor emeritus at Westminster Seminary California and Gordon-Conwell until his death ...
Seminary - Other Uses of The Term
... In general use, a seminary can be a secular institution, or part of an institution, designated for specialized training, e.g ... In some countries, the term seminary is also used for secular schools of higher education that train teachers in the nineteenth century, many female seminaries were established in the United States ...

More definitions of "seminary":

  • (noun): A theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis.