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M.A. in Biblical Studies

The purpose of the Master of Arts (with Specialization in Biblical Studies) degree is to provide preparation for those desiring to pursue further, advanced research work in biblical studies; or to serve as a terminal degree for ministries of teaching Scripture in congregations, parachurch organizations and Christian institutes. The Master of Arts (with Specialization in Biblical Studies) can be completed entirely through coursework with no thesis required.

Overview

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) provides preparation for people desiring to pursue further, postgraduate work in biblical studies, and it serves as a terminal degree for ministries of teaching Scripture in congregations, para-church organizations, and Christian institutes.

Program Goals

  • Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.Understand the content and meaning of the various portions of the biblical canon.
  • Integrate literary, historical, and hermeneutical tools into a holistic study of passages of various lengths and genres in a methodologically reflective manner.
  • Analyze the text in the original languages.
  • Assess, appropriate, and present insights from their interpretation for their contemporary contexts.
  • Describe the method and major themes of biblical theology in a canonical context.
  • Describe the means whereby one may arrive at a biblical view of the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 NT501 Elementary Greek—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT502 Elementary Greek—Two [PRQ:NT501]
3 NT520 New Testament Introduction
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 NT/OT Exegesis NT710-749* [PRQ: NT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511, NT501/502]
3 Biblical Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: BS, BT, NT, NT(IBS), OT, OT(IBS)
Final
3 BT605/660 Biblical Theology of the OT -or- Biblical Theology of the NT [PRQ: NT(IBS) 510 or 511, OT520 -or- NT(IBS)510 or 511, OT520, NT520]
3 OT501 Elementary Hebrew—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 OT502 Elementary Hebrew—Two [PRQ: OT501]
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 NT/OT(IBS)6__ NT(IBS)610-649 or OT(IBS)610-649 [PRQ: IBS-One, NT501 or OT501)]
3 NT/OT Exegesis OT710-749* [PRQ: OT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511, OT501/502]
3 Biblical Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: BS, BT, NT, NT(IBS), OT, OT(IBS)
As Needed
3 Elective Course

* Six hours is required in NT or OT Exegesis (NT710-749 or OT710-749). It is recommended that 3 hours be taken in each area, but it is not required.