Doctor of Theology in Old Testament

Prerequisite: 120 semester hour Th.M. with a minimum of 30 hours of biblical language coursework.

The Doctor of Theology in Old Testament focuses upon the History of the Jewish Monarchy.  The Th.D. (Old Testament) program is a 60 semester hour program that is designed to be completed in approximately 4 years.  Extensive translation of the Old Testament Historical Books is required, with the student translating all of 1 Samuel through 2 Kings.  In conjunction with the translation work, students also will be required to perform in-depth exegesis of selected key passages within each book translated.  Additional supplemental courses will complement the program so that the student is thoroughly immersed in the era of the Jewish Monarchy.

The Th.D. (Old Testament) requires students to complete a 50,000 word Doctoral Dissertation upon a topic selected by the student and approved by the ATS Academic Review Committee. Students will submit their topic for approval during the third year of coursework if the suggested timetable is followed.  The dissertation is the pinnacle of the student’s doctoral work and should contribute to the field of study in a meaningful way.

The Th.D. in Old Testament program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program.  Most students will complete the program in four to five years.

Total tuition fees:


Payment Plan A:
$500.00 down and $100.00 per month for a total of $2,500.00

Payment Plan B:
Discounted Advance Payment Cost—$2,200.00 with no additional tuition payments ($500.00 savings)

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Th.D. (Old Testament) Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies                                                                                                                                  9 Semester Hours

ITOT7000 Understanding the Old Testament Bruce K. Waltke 3
ITOT7500 The United Monarchy John J. Davis 3
ITOT7510 The Divided Monarchy John C. Whitcomb 3

Biblical Languages                                                                                                                          36 Semester Hours

OTHB7000 Hebrew Translation: 1 Samuel 1-15 Advisor 3
OTHB7005 Hebrew Translation: 1 Samuel 16-31 Advisor 3
OTHB7010 Hebrew Translation: 2 Samuel 1-11 Advisor 3
OTHB7015 Hebrew Translation: 2 Samuel 12-24 Advisor 3
OTHB7020 Hebrew Translation: 1 Kings 1-11 Advisor 3
OTHB7025 Hebrew Translation: 1 Kings 12-22 Advisor 3
OTHB7030 Hebrew Translation: 2 Kings 1-12 Advisor 3
OTHB7035 Hebrew Translation: 2 Kings 13-25 Advisor 3
OTHB7050 Hebrew Exegesis: 1 Samuel Selections Advisor 3
OTHB7100 Hebrew Exegesis: 2 Samuel Selections Advisor 3
OTHB7105 Hebrew Exegesis: 1 King Selections Advisor 3
OTHB7110 Hebrew Exegesis: 2 Kings Selections Advisor 3

Research                                                                                                                                              15 Semester Hours

THRS7000 OT Research: Davidic Monarchy Advisor 3
THRS7500 Theological Exams Program Advisor 3
THRS7550 Doctoral Required Reading List Program Advisor 3
THRS7800 Dissertation Proposal Program Advisor 0
THRS8000 Dissertation Program Advisor 6


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