MA/ARC Concentration Purpose

The Master of Arts concentration in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages (MA/ARC) provides specialized study in the discipline of Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology.  The MA/ARC is academic rather than professional in focus, preparing participants in knowledge and practice for teaching or researching in Christian secondary schools, or higher education where a doctorate may not be needed; or as an intermediate step toward doctoral study in a related area.

MA/ARC Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To be announced

MA/ARC Prerequisites

  1. 6 semester hours of Bible including Old and New Testament surveys; or TEDS OT 5000 and NT 5000
  2. an undergraduate major in Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies and languages or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 6 hours of undergraduate Hebrew, and 12 hours of Bible (including OT and NT surveys), and/or archaeology Near Eastern studies
  3. proficiency in biblical Hebrew at a level equivalent to completion of TEDS OT 5241 (testing for placement)
Theology Core
ST 5101Theology I: Intro to Theology3
ST 5102Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin & Salvation3
or ST 5103 Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things
Concentration Core
Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology:
OT 5075Biblical Archaelogy: Intro to the World of the Old Testament4
Select 9 hours of the following:9
Geography of Bible Lands
Ancient Near Eastern Religions
Egypt and the Bible
Origins of Israel
History of Israel
Seminar: Current Issues (when topic is Hebrew Studies; approval by dept chair))
Cognate Languages:
OT 5242Hebrew Exegesis 14
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Biblical Aramaic
Extrabiblical Aramaic
Akkadian I
Akkadian II
West Semitic Inscriptions
Middle Egyptian
Seminar: Current Issues (when topic is Cognate Lang; approval by dept chair)
Elective Course
Participants are encouraged to complete one hour of OT 7501 in tandem with one of their concentration core courses1
Field Education
Select one option from the following:0
Option 1:
Field Education (2 semesters)
Option 2:
Field Education (1 semester)
Formation Group (2 semesters)
MA/ARC Capstone
MA/ARC Major Comprehensive Exam0
OT 7455Field Work in the Middle East2
Total Hours32