Master of Divinity

Biblical Languages and Texts Specialization

This specialization serves a variety of purposes: 1) to fill the need for pastors who have developed advanced exegetical skills through biblical language acquisition and additional 700-level biblical coursework; 2) to enhance the abilities of students to encounter the cross-cultural dimensions of biblical studies; and 3) to begin the process of preparation for those who hope to pursue advanced study in biblical studies.

To fulfill the requirements of this specialization, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from biblical studies as indicated below. The specialization may follow one of two tracks: Track 1 (Dual Language) or Track 2 (Single Language – Three Semester Study). There is no integrative project requirement.

Requirements

Track 1 (Dual Language):

  • HB-520, Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • HB-620, Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • NT-520, Elementary Biblical Greek I
  • NT-620, Elementary Biblical Greek II

Track 2 (Single Language – Three Semester Study):

  • HB-520, Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • HB-620, Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HB-720, Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • One additional 700-level Hebrew Bible course

OR

  • NT-520, Elementary Biblical Greek I
  • NT-620, Elementary Biblical Greek II
  • NT-720, Exegesis of the Greek New Testament
  • Plus one additional 700-level New Testament course

Advisor

Any Biblical Studies faculty member can sign forms or answer questions.

 

A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.