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MA/Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages

36 credit hours | 2-3  years


Why Study MA in Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages at TEDS?

This engaging program requires students to participate in summer archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East as a capstone experience. Graduates of the MA/ARC have been admitted to top-tier doctoral programs both nationally and abroad. While less common, this degree would be an excellent complement to an MDiv for someone who wishes to academically augment their pastoral ministry. Additionally, this degree qualifies students to teach Bible in Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges.

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 in Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages.
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) required if your GPA is less than 3.0

Your undergraduate work needs to include 6 hours of undergrad Hebrew (with a satisfactory score on our Hebrew Proficiency Exam) and 12 hours of undergrad Bible and/or Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies courses (beginning languages are not considered Bible courses).

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The capstone experience for MA/ARC students is participation in archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East. Your coursework will 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
BIBLICAL AND NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY: 12 HOURS
Required:
Course Title Credits
OT 5075 Biblical Archaeology: Introduction to the World of the Old Testament 3 hours
Select 12 hours from:
Course Title Credits
OT 5075 Geography of Bible Lands 3 hours
OT 7420 Ancient Near Eastern Religions 3 hours
OT 7425 Egypt and the Bible 3 hours
OT 7430 Origins of Israe 3 hours
OT 7435 History of Israel 3 hours
OT 8000
Seminar: Current Issues in Old Testament Studies (when topic is Hebrew Studies; approval by dept chair) 3 hours
COGNATE LANGUAGES: 9 HOURS
Required:
Course Title Credits
OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hours
Select 6 hours from:
Course Title Credits
OT 7010 Biblical Aramaic 3 hours
OT 7014 Extrabiblical Aramaic 3 hours
OT 7020 Akkadian I 3 hours
OT 7021 Akkadian II 3 hours
OT 7030 Ugaritic 3 hours
OT 7040 Syriac 3 hours
OT 7655
West Semitic Inscriptions 3 hours
OT 7660 Middle Egyptian 3 hours
OT 8000 Seminar: Current Issues in Old Testament Studies (when topic is Cognate Lang; approval by dept chair) 2–3 hours
ELECTIVE, FIELD EDUCATION & MA/ARC CAPSTONE

Elective (1 hour)

Participants are encouraged to complete one hour of OT 7501 Guided Research in tandem with one of their Concentration Core courses

Field Education

Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters) –or–
PT 5090 and
ID 5080
Field Education (1 semester) and
Formation Group (2 semesters)
0 hours

MA/ARC Capstone (2 hours)

MA/ARC Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
OT 7455 Fieldwork in the Middle East 2 hours

 

FIELD EDUCATION

All MA/Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages students must fulfill field education requirements. Learn more about field ed here.

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