MA/Old Testament
and Semitic Languages

36 credit hours | 2-3 years


Why study Old Testament and Semitic Languages at TEDS?

This program is excellent preparation for further academic work at the graduate or doctoral level. Typically, MA/OT students pursue careers in teaching and writing. Other students whose vocations are ministry-related have found that the MA/OT provides the grounding in Scripture they need for effective teaching and wise living. This program also prepares students to teach at some Christian secondary schools or Christian colleges. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty advisor while writing a master’s thesis.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?

In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent which includes 6 hours of undergrad Hebrew (with an acceptable score on Trinity’s Hebrew proficiency exam), 6 hours of theology, and 12 hours of Bible (not including beginning languages).
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred; scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 3.0.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The courses you’ll take include the following:

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY CORE: 9 HOURS
Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
Old TESTAMENT & SEMITIC LANGUAGES CORE: 24 HOURS
Required:
Course Title Credits
OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hours
OT 8911 OT Studies I: Pentateuch
and Historical Books
2 hours
OT 8912 OT Studies II: Poetry and Prophets 2 hours
Select 5–6 hours of Hebrew Language from:
Course Title Credits
OT 5250 Hebrew Reading Skills 2 hours
OT 7210 Exegesis of Genesis 3 hours
OT 7230 Exegesis of Psalms 3 hours
OT 7250 Exegesis of Isaiah 3 hours
OT 8000 Seminar (when topic is Hebrew Studies; approval by dept chair) 3 hours
OT 8720 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis: (Book) 3 hours
OT 8729 Advanced Hebrew Studies: (Topic) 3 hours
Select 3 hours of Cognate Languages from:
Course Title Credits
OT 7010 Biblical Aramaic 3 hours
OT 7014 Extrabiblical Aramaic 3 hours
OT 7020
or 7021
Akkadian I or II 3 hours
OT 7030 Ugaritic 3 hours
OT 7040 Syriac 3 hours
OT 7410 West Semitic Inscriptions 3 hours
OT 7415
Middle Egyptian 3 hours
OT 8000 Seminar (when topic is Cognate Lang; approval by dept chair) 3 hours
Select 9 hours of Old Testament Elective Studies from:
Course Title Credits
OT 5050 Geography of Bible Lands 3 hours
OT 5060 Development of the Old Testament Canon 3 hours
OT 6251 Interpreting the Pentateuch and Former Prophets 3 hours
OT 6252 Interpreting the Latter Prophets 3 hours
OT 7090 Old Testament Theology 3 hours
OT 7420 Ancient Near Eastern Religions 3 hours
OT 7425 Egypt and the Bible 3 hours
OT 7430 Origins of Israel 3 hours
OT 7432 Warfare in OT and Ancient NE 3 hours
OT 7435 History of Israel 3 hours
OT 7440 History of the Ancient Near East 3 hours
OT 7460 Qumran Scrolls 3 hours
OT 8000 Seminar: Current Issues
(approval by dept chair)
3 hours
OT 8723
Old Testament Textual Criticism 3 hours
ST 7395 Hermeneutics 3 hours
Note: Up to 3 hours of the Capstone may be applied in the Concentration Core
Note: OT 5000, NT 5000, and English Bible courses (OT 5100, NT 5100, NT 5175) are not applicable to the MA program.
FIELD EDUCATION & CAPSTONE: 1–3 HOURS

Field Education

Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Ed (two semesters) –or–
PT 5090 Field Ed (one semester) and ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours

MA/OT Capstone (1-3 hours)

Course Title Credits
MA/OT Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
OT 7485 MA Thesis 1–3 hours

 

FIELD EDUCATION

All MA/OT students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.

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