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
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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.
A sample of elective classes:
- OT 641 - Hebrew Reading Increases speed and comprehension in the reading of the Hebrew text. Prerequisite: OT 701 Hebrew Exegesis of Old Testament Texts. Two hours(2 hours)
- OT 647 - Old Testament Social Ethics Many question whether the Old Testament is able to offer guidance for modern realities. The biblical text, however, has much to say about the character and lifestyles of the community that claims to believe and follow God. This course is an orientation for an appropriate use of the Old Testament in ethics today. Certain key ethical issues will be highlighted with the goal of interacting with contemporary problems in North America and around the world. May also credit as an apologetics and ethics elective. Two hours(2 hours)
NT 670 - Modern Methods of New Testament Study Exposes the student to the variety of methods that modern scholars and critics employ to investigate historical, literary, linguistic, and ideological issues of interpreting the New Testament. Includes a component that meets the MA globalization awareness requirement and is a required course for the MA (Biblical Studies with a New Testament emphasis) program. Pre-or corequisite: BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation; NT 511 Understanding the Gospels and Acts; and NT 512 Understanding the Epistles and Revelation. Offered spring semesters, even years (alternates with NT 601). Two hours(2 hours)
NT 640-660 - Exegesis of Selected Books These courses consist of an advanced study of one or more New Testament books using the Greek text. Varying approaches may be employed depending on the interest of the class. Prerequisite: NT 611 Using Greek in New Testament Exegesis. Two hours.(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.