M.A. Biblical Literature

Master of Arts in Biblical Literature

This program is structured to inform the student of the broad spectrum of hermeneutical and exegetical perspectives, tools and methods necessary to interpret biblical content responsibly and perceptively. In order to better interpret Old and New Testament content, the curriculum helps students develop a working knowledge of biblical languages.

MBL Degree Fact Sheet

Program Objectives
M.A. in Biblical Literature degree program aims to:

  • Provide students with a basic knowledge of biblical languages (Hebrew/Greek) for accurate translation of Scripture.
  • Instruct students to employ critical methods of exegesis from an informed theological/hermeneutical perspective for sound interpretation of the text.
  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major OT themes and formulate a coherent OT theology.
  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major NT themes and formulate a coherent NT theology.
  • Enable students to relate the critical study of Scripture in its cultural context to selected contemporary contexts.
  • Prepare students to use biblical critical tools and methods and to integrate coursework in the writing of an advanced research M.A. thesis in OT/NT.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable students to integrate thesis topic with a unified biblical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.

Degree Concentration
M.A. in Biblical Literature/Advanced Languages

This degree enables students to develop their linguistic abilities as they enhance their biblical language skills and acquire proficiency in cognate languages for biblical literature. The advanced languages concentration develops tools of philology for better understanding the biblical languages and their cognate languages. A methodology of comparative linguistics is established as students master additional languages for biblical research. Studies include a variety of ancient Semitic languages.

Program Objectives
The Master of Arts Biblical Literature/Advanced Languages Concentration aims to:

  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major OT themes and formulate a coherent OT theology.
  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major NT themes and formulate a coherent NT theology.
  • Enable students to acquire proficiency in the use of Hebrew and Greek for the accurate translation of the OT/NT.
  • Enable students to acquire proficiency in additional language(s) of the biblical era.
  • Prepare students to integrate coursework and knowledge of languages and critical exegetical methods for writing a thesis in the concentration of Advanced Languages.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable students to integrate thesis topic with a unified biblical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.

MBL/AL Degree Fact Sheet

Degree Concentration
M.A. in Biblical Literature/Judaic-Christian Studies

This degree is designed for students preparing for service in the various professional capacities in ministry, particularly those desiring careers in teaching, curriculum development, missions outreach, academic study, as well as those preparing for doctoral research. The Judaic-Christian studies concentration enables students to develop sound hermeneutical tools, as well as linguistic and interpretive skills. This concentration will provide a better understanding of the Jewish roots of Christianity and will explore the spiritual life of ancient Israel and the faith experience of the early church.

Program Objectives
The Master of Arts in Biblical Literature/Judaic-Christian Studies concentration aims to:

  • Provide students with a basic knowledge of biblical languages (Hebrew/Greek) for accurate translation of Scripture.
  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major OT themes and formulate a coherent OT theology.
  • Prepare students to identify and examine the major NT themes and formulate a coherent NT theology.
  • Enable students to research rabbinic literature for comprehension of Jewish culture and its influence upon Christian faith and literature.
  • Familiarize students with the concepts and practices of Judaism in the period of the second temple as related to the ministry and teachings of Jesus and Paul.
  • Instruct students in critical methods of exegesis and tools for interpreting and appreciating the central themes of Scripture and related Judeo-Christian literature within the matrix of early Jewish and Christian communities.
  • Prepare students to use biblical critical tools and methods to write an advanced research M.A. thesis in OT/NT integrating Jewish literature and theology in the discipline of Judaic-Christian studies.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable students to integrate thesis topic with a unified biblical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.

MBL/JCS Degree Fact Sheet