Trinity Western University

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

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Study alongside internationally recognized scholars and mentors.

Become part of one of the most dynamic religious studies departments in North America. The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University is a specialized academic program led by expert faculty who prepare students to interpret Scripture and to investigate the major issues involved in biblical studies.

Together, students and faculty of engage in original research and critically examine biblical and related primary texts in their original languages. They learn to formulate their own written contributions to the scholarly conversations in a style that is both professional and compelling. Students also benefit from visiting scholars by means of colloquia and department-sponsored seminars.

The MA in Biblical Studies has a proven and widely recognized track record of preparing graduates for entrance into and completion of Ph.D. programs at leading academic institutions, and some of our graduates are now taking up academic positions.

Septuagint

Trinity Western University hosts two of the most important institutes in Christian Biblical research in the world: the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies. These institutes are directed by top researchers and TWU professors, Martin Abegg Ph.D., Peter Flint Ph.D., and Robert J. V. Hiebert, Ph.D.

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Format

The MA in Biblical Studies consists of 30 semester hours, which includes six 600 level courses – four required courses (Advanced OT and NT Exegesis and Seminar) and two elective courses – and a thesis. Students meeting all prerequisites typically complete the program within two or three years.
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Courses

The academic year is divided into two semesters of approximately 13 weeks. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday. A typical course meets once per week for three hours and requires eight to ten hours of preparation per week.

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF ADVANCED EXEGESIS:

  • RELS 611 Advanced Old Testament Exegesis (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 621 Advanced New Testament Exegesis (3 sem. hrs.)

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF SEMINAR:

  • RELS 612 Advanced Old Testament Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 622 Advanced New Testament Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF 600-LEVEL ELECTIVES:

Courses offered in the past include:

  • RELS 631 The Deuteronomistic History (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 632 Historical Jesus (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 633 Themes of the Pentateuch (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 634 Mark (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 640 Advanced Greek Readings (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 641 Isaiah (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 642 Romans (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 643 Psalms (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 644 John (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 647 The Dead Sea Scrolls (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 648 Advanced Greek Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 649 Rabbinic Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 650 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 652 Syriac (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 655 Introduction to Aramaic (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 656 Readings in Aramaic (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 658 Mishnaic and Qumranic Hebrew (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 660 Biblical Interpretation in the 16th Century (3 sem. hrs.)

12 SEMESTER HOURS OF RESEARCH DESIGN AND THESIS:

  • RELS 690 Research Design
  • RELS 691 Thesis I
  • RELS 692 Thesis II

ORAL DEFENSE OF THESIS:

A student is required to orally defend his or her thesis before the faculty and graduate students.

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