Biblical Languages and Exegesis

Master of Arts

Students will learn skills in the translation and interpretation of biblical Hebrew and Greek. 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.

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.

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Anticipated 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 in the local church and its global mission.
  3. Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.

MABLE graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skill in sight translation of biblical Hebrew and Greek texts.
  2. Demonstrate skill in sound exegesis of both Testaments.
  3. Articulate the major themes of both Testaments, and show the literary and theological relationship(s) of smaller passages to the larger whole of Scripture.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 60 credit hour program of studies as outlined
  • Achieve a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • Complete at least 30 hours of this program through Briercrest
  • Successfully complete both a Portfolio and a written comprehensive examination
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
  • Complete all program requirements within 10 years of beginning studies
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary
  • Fulfill all academic and financial requirements

Degree Requirements (60 credit hours)


Core (9 credit hours)

In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from three of the following disciplines: *

Christian Ministry Formation **
New Testament
Old Testament
Theology OR History

Language and Exegesis (18 credit hours)

Prerequisites: four semesters of Greek ORfour 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
HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II (new book)

Biblical Studies (18 credit hours)

BLST 801 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
BLST 802 Critical Methodologies

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

Research and Methodology (12 credit hours)

RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 808 Thesis***

Electives (3 credit hours)

 

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.
** May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
*** 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 Coordinator:

Eric Ortlund, PhD

eortlund@briercrest.ca
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eortlund.jpgEric, his wife, Erin, and their two children, Kate and Will, moved to Caronport in July 2006. He worked on an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Chicago for two years and served as a youth pastor in a local Presbyterian church before sensing God's call to study the Old Testament. His interests focus in Isaiah and the Psalms, but he loves studying and teaching any part of the Hebrew Bible as well as the OT's Ancient Near Eastern environment, the history of interpretation, and the Hebrew language.