Master of Arts

Biblical Languages and Exegesis

Acquire a broad base of biblical knowledge while specializing in the biblical languages.

The Master of Arts Biblical Languages and Exegesis (MABLE) program prepares students for work in Bible translation, teaching ministries, or doctoral work in biblical studies. Learn from qualified scholars and seasoned pastors as you develop skills in the translation and interpretation of biblical Hebrew and Greek, and gain graduate-level research skills in the field of biblical studies.

Allow the Scriptures to impact your life as you study deeply and prepare to take your knowledge wherever God calls you next.

Apply now to begin your MABLE at Briercrest Seminary!



Learn together

Learn not only from your professors, but also your peers. Briercrest Seminary attracts students from various ministry contexts and walks of life, making for eye-opening class discussion and rich community events.

Breadth and depth

Gain broad context and dive into deep exegesis. This program is a blend of both! Study Scripture broadly through six biblical studies courses, and then conduct specialized research in an area and language you choose.

Doctoral preparation

The MABLE is a perfect step towards doctoral studies. Learn from professors who will help you along on your academic journey. Our graduates have gone on to universities such as McMaster, McGill, and the University of Edinburgh.

Arlene Stinson

I have studied the Scriptures more slowly than ever before. Approaching Scripture at this pace has brought so many ‘aha’ moments. My professors have been engaging and focused on student learning as well as personal and ministry integration.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

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.

Outcomes

  1. Articulate and apply 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. Demonstrate growth as a 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.
Credit Hours: 60

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
Theology Elective***

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 Koine Greek I
GRK 601 Koine Greek II
GRK 700 Koine Greek III
GRK 701 Koine Greek IV
   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 Koine Greek V
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 Koine Greek VI

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
BLST 891 MABLE Comprehensive Exam

* 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.
*** If a student does not have sufficient background in theology, he or she should take THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview.

**** 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.

Program Sheet(s)

Faculty

David Miller
David Miller PhD
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
Wes Olmstead
Wes Olmstead PhD
Professor of New Testament
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