MDiv with a Concentration in Biblical Studies
What is a Master of Divinity Concentration in Biblical Studies?
Anyone involved in a ministry of substantive Bible teaching needs the most thorough
possible immersion in the language, history, culture, and theology of Scripture. The
M.Div. with a concentration in Biblical Studies combines well-rounded ministry
preparation with eight additional credit hours of biblical studies courses, including
either Old Testament or New Testament theology. If God is calling you to a ministry of
preaching or teaching the Bible, your grasp of God’s Word will have direct impact on
the character and depth of people’s relationship with God. Give them your best!
The MDiv with a concentration in Biblical Studies is excellent preparation for goals such as:
Enrichment of preaching, teaching and other forms of ministry
- Campus ministry in which specific knowledge of the Bible would be beneficial
Doctoral study leading to advanced research and teaching
What classes will I take?
In addition to the core required M.Div. classes (89 hours), which already includes 35 hours of Biblical Studies specific courses, this concentration involves 3 hours of either Old Testament or New Testament theology, plus 5 hours of biblical studies electives.
|Biblical Studies Concentration||Course #||Sem. Hrs.|
Biblical courses already in core
|OT or NT Biblical Theology||OT 661 or NT 601||8
|Biblical Studies electives||5|
A sample of elective classes:
OT 641 - Hebrew Reading (2 hours)
OT 647 - Old Testament Social Ethics (2 hours)
NT 670 - Modern Methods of New Testament Study (2 hours)
NT 640-660 - Exegesis of Selected Books (2 hours)
New Testament Faculty
Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament
Dr. William W. Klein, Professor of New Testament and Director of MA Christian Studies
Dr. David Mathewson, Associate Professor of New Testament
Elodie Ballantine Emig, Instructor of Greek
Old Testament Faculty
Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Hélène Dallaire, Associate Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Richard S. Hess, Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, was recently one of fifteen members of the Committee on Bible Translation for the updated New International Version of the Bible. In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries/ encyclopedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Matthew for the New American Commentary series, and 1 Corinthians for the NIV Application Commentary series.