Master of Arts Biblical Languages and Exegesis

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Exegesis (MABLE) degree gives students skills in the translation and interpretation of biblical Hebrew and Greek. Students would ideally have already engaged in biblical studies in their undergraduate course of study and be able to work full time on this degree. This program is ideally suited for preparation for doctoral work in biblical studies, but would also suit students planning to go into Bible translation or other teaching ministries.


 

Credit Hours: 60
Coordinator: Susan Wendel
   Requirements  Program Sheet

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate skill in sight translation of biblical Hebrew and Greek texts.
  5. Demonstrate skillful exegesis of both Testaments.
  6. Articulate the major themes of both Testaments, and show the literary and theological relationship(s) of smaller passages to the larger whole of Scripture.

Requirements

I. Core (9 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from three of the following disciplines: *
Personal Formation for Ministry **
New Testament
Old Testament
THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview***

II. Language and Exegesis (18 credit hours)
Prerequisites: four semesters of Greek OR four semesters of Hebrew

Greek OR Hebrew (12 credit hours):
GRK 600 Introductory Greek I
GRK 601 Introductory Greek II
GRK 700 Greek Syntax
GRK 701 Greek Exegesis I
   OR
HEB 600 Introductory Hebrew I
HEB 601 Introductory Hebrew II
HEB 700 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II

Advanced Exegesis (6 credit hours):
GRK 800 Greek Exegesis II (new book)
HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II (new book)

III. Biblical Studies (18 credit hours)
BLST 801 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
BLST 701 Advanced Hermeneutics

Choose two (2) of the following courses:
BLST 711 Intro to Old Testament Theology
BLST 714 Psalms
BLST 715 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
BLST 717 The Former Prophets
BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 817 Old Testament Specialty
BLST 819 Old Testament Seminar
HEB 739 Biblical and Extrabiblical Aramaic

Choose two (2) of the following courses:
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
BLST 728 Hebrews
BLST 729 Revelation
BLST 825 Romans
BLST 829 New Testament Seminar
GRK 801 Advanced Greek Exegesis

IV. Research and Methodology (12 credit hours)
RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 808 Thesis****

V. Electives (3 credit hours)

VI. Non-Credit Requirements
RD 700 Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview
Written Comprehensive Exam (as applicable)

* To be determined by the program coordinator based on the student's previous undergrad studies.
** Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
*** With permission of the program coordinator, a student with sufficient background in theology may replace this course with one course in history or theology.

**** Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have the approval of the program coordinator in order to qualify to write a thesis.


My favourite part of attending Briercrest Seminary was experiencing close friendships with my fellow students. Even though I was not on campus 75 per cent of the time, I still felt that I was part of a close community.
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