MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) degree provides graduate-level academic focus that is designed for persons seeking a thorough biblical and theological understanding of Scripture. Correspondingly, Bible exposition and theology courses are prioritized in this program. Furthermore, a student in the MABS can choose to focus in one of several concentrations to further customize his or her degree. Noteworthy among these is the Biblical Archaeology focus, which involves both in-class methodology and practical fieldwork.

60

Credit Hours

6

Unique Concentrations

18

Concentration Credits

3

Avg. Years to Complete

CORE CURRICULUM

Required in all Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) concentrations

RS 500Research and Writing1
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
BE 613Life of Christ3
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
TH 609Christian Ethics2
HT 501Historical Theology I: Pentecost to the Reformation2
HT 502Historical Theology II: Post-Reformation to the Modern Church2
PT 581/582Ministry Preparation for Men/Women2
BE 513*History and Geography of Israel3
Total MABS Core42
*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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Concentrations

Biblical Archaeology

AR 510Archaeological Method and Theory2
AR 515Intro to Biblical Archaeology2
AR 610Archaeological Fieldwork I2
AR 615Archaeological Fieldwork II*2
BE 710Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds2
BE 706Hellenism and 2nd Temple Jewish Backgrounds2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60
*May be substituted with an approved elective.

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HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

ARCHAEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Advanced Biblical Studies

BE 701Advanced Hermeneutics2
TH 710Contemporary Theological Movements2
TH 706Philosophy and Christian Epistemology3
NT/OT Elec.Greek/Hebrew Reading Course2
BE Elec.Bible Exposition Elective2
NT 710Contemporary Issues and Debates in NT Studies2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 2-3 courses)5-6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Bible Exposition

BE Elec.Any 6 Bible Exposition Courses12
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Systematic Theology

TH/HT Elec.Any 6 600+ Level Systematic or Historical Theology Courses12
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Historical Theology

TH/HT Elec.Any 6 600+ Level Systematic or Historical Theology Courses12
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Interdisciplinary

Elec.Any 9 Courses from a MABS Concentration18
Total Concentration Credits18
Total MABS Credits60

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

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