The Master of Arts in Biblical Literature and Languages (MA(BLL)) is designed for those students who seek a level of professional competence in the Bible and theology with a heavy emphasis on the biblical languages, and who are preparing for advanced degrees and teaching posts. This master’s program is suitable for educators, translators, global workers, and other servant leaders who minister apart from pastoral duties.
One of the hallmarks of the MA(BLL) is the emphasis on languages and textual criticism. If you choose this degree, you will participate in several translation projects and other initiatives geared at training you at the highest levels. Students who excel in the MA(BLL) may find themselves traveling to Oxford University in England, or to Israel as part of multiple scholastic partnerships aimed at training the next generation of scholars.
BIBLICAL LANGUAGE + TEXTUAL CRITICISM COURSES
Elective Credit Hours
Avg. Years to Complete
|RS 500||Research and Writing||1|
|BE 501||Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets||3|
|BE 502||Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings||3|
|BE 504||Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics||3|
|BE 511||New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts||3|
|BE 512||New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation||3|
|OT 650||Biblical Hebrew Exegesis||3|
|OT 702||Old Testament Textual Criticism||2|
|OT 750||Advanced Hebrew Reading||2|
|NT 650||Biblical Greek Exegesis I||3|
|NT 651||Biblical Greek Exegesis II||3|
|NT 702||New Testament Textual Criticism||2|
|NT 750||Advanced Greek Reading||2|
|TH 501||Systematic Theology I||3|
|TH 502||Systematic Theology II||3|
|TH 503||Systematic Theology III||3|
|TH 601||Systematic Theology IV||3|
|HT 501||Historical Theology I: Pentecost to the Reformation||2|
|HT 502||Historical Theology II: Post-Reformation to the Modern Church||2|
|CE 511||History and Philosophy of Christian Education||2|
|CE 512||Learning Theory and Philosophy of Education||2|
|RS 701||Thesis I||2|
|RS 702||Thesis II||2|
|OT Elec.||Hebrew Exegesis Elective||2|
|NT Elec.||Greek Exegesis Elective||2|
|TC Elec.||Textual Criticism Elective||2|
|BE 513*||History and Geography of Israel||3|
|Total MA(BLL) Credits||68|
*A student can elect to not attend the study trip to Israel. In such cases HT/NT/OT 700–level course electives may be taken in place of this course.
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OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%
To qualify for the MA(BLL) a student must complete the required number of credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Applicants to this program are assumed to have acquired the fundamentals of Greek and Hebrew at the undergraduate level. Students may take first year courses in these languages while at the seminary, but those courses would be in addition to the requirements for the degree and would not contribute to the student’s GPA. An entrance exam in Greek and Hebrew is used to evaluate the applicant’s incoming facility with the languages so that review in first year courses can be recommended if necessary.
*For full policies and information please review the current academic catalog.