This program is structured to inform the student of the broad spectrum of hermeneutical and exegetical perspectives, tools and methods 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.
The Master of Arts 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.