MA/OT Concentration Purpose

The Master of Arts concentration in Old Testament and Semitic Languages (MA/OT) provides specialized study in the Old Testament and Semitic Languages.  The MA/OT 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/OT Concentration Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Old Testament 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/OT 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 Bible or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 30 hours in Bible/Hebrew/theology (12 or more in Bible; beginning languages are not considered Bible courses)
  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
6
Concentration Core24
OT 5242Hebrew Exegesis3
OT 8950Old Testament Research and Methods3
Elective Studies in Old Testament18
The following courses in other departments may be completed in the Concentration Core:
Hermeneutics
Field Education0
Select one option from the following:0
Option 1:
Field Education (2 semesters)
Option 2:
Field Education (1 semester)
Formation Group (2 semesters)
MA/OT Capstone1-3
OT 7477MA Major Comprehensive Exam1
OT 7485MA Thesis0-2
Total Hours36