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 Concentration Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages will be able to:

  • articulate an understanding of biblical and theological constructs that form the foundation of evangelical Christian faith
  • ground theological interpretations in the biblical text, historical developments, and contemporary context
  • demonstrate an ability to contribute to biblical, historical, educational, and/or theological studies in an increasingly global and culturally diverse world
  • demonstrate academic proficiency in the student’s chosen area of concentration
  • demonstrate a breadth of perspective and focused depth for further academic work in the student’s chosen area of concentration

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
Bible and Theology Core9
ID 5000Biblical Theology and Interpretation3
ST 5201
ST 5202
Theology I: The God of the Gospel
and Theology II: The Gospel of God
Concentration Core
Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology:
OT 5075Biblical Archaelogy: Intro to the World of the Old Testament3
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 Exegesis3
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)
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