Master of Theology in Biblical Languages
The Master of Theology in Biblical Languages is a 126 semester hour program. Upon completion of the first 92 hours, the student will be eligible to receive a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition. Upon completion of the remaining hours, the student will receive a Master of Theology in Biblical Languages. The Th.M. in Biblical Languages requires 40 semester hours of coursework in New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew. The program is a rigorous program designed for students who desire to receive a well-rounded Bible education in preparation for the ministry and for the ATS Doctor of Theology program. The Th.M. in Biblical Languages provides training in Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Theological Research.
The basic language work consists of four core courses in New Testament Greek and of four core courses in Biblical Hebrew. The core courses progress from basic grammar to syntax to intermediate translation. After completing the eight core language courses in Greek and Hebrew, the student will be required to pass the Biblical Languages Exit Exams. Once the Exit Exams have been passed, students will progress to advanced directed translation courses in each language, which will require approximately 900 to 1,000 lines of text per course.
The Th.M. requires students to complete a 20,000 to 30,000 word Master’s Thesis upon an ATS approved topic. Students will submit their topic for approval during the third year of coursework if the suggested timetable is followed. The thesis requirements may be waived if the student enrolls into the ATS Th.D. program in either New Testament or Old Testament field of study and completes at least six semester hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better.
The Th.M. (Biblical Languages) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program. Most students will complete the program in approximately four to five years.
Th.M. (Biblical Language) Degree Requirements
Biblical Studies (39 Semester Hours)
|BSOT5000||Old Testament Introduction||James Gibson||3|
|BSOT5500||Pentateuch||Scott Osattin, Th.M.||3|
|BSOT5700||Northern Kingdom||Byron Nichols, Th.M.||3|
|OTBB6855||Isaiah (Part I)||John Nocera||3|
|OTBB6866||Isaiah (Part II)||John Nocera||3|
|BSNT5000||New Testament Introduction||Stephen Rost, Th.M.||3|
|NTBB6103||Gospel of John||Jimmy Hayes||3|
|NTBB6516||I Corinthians||Andrew Spurgeon||3|
|NTBB6525||Prison Epistles||Bryan Anderson||3|
Biblical Languages (40 Semester Hours)
|OTHB5000||Biblical Hebrew I: Grammar||J.L. Hayes||3|
|OTHB5010||Biblical Hebrew II: Grammar||J.L. Hayes||3|
|OTHB5100||Biblical Hebrew III: Syntax||TBA||3|
|OTHB5110||Biblical Hebrew IV: Exegesis||TBA||3|
|HBEX6000||Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam*||Program Advisor||0|
|OTHB6000||Hebrew Readings: History||Advisor||2|
|OTHB6010||Hebrew Readings: Pentateuch||Advisor||2|
|OTHB6020||Hebrew Readings: Poetry||Advisor||2|
|OTHB6025||Hebrew Readings: Prophecy||Advisor||2|
|NTGR5000||NT Greek I: Grammar||J.L. Hayes||3|
|NTGR5010||NT Greek II: Grammar||J.L. Hayes||3|
|NTGR5100||NT Greek III: Syntax||TBA||3|
|NTGR5110||NT Greek IV: Exegesis||TBA||3|
|GREX6000||NT Greek Exit Exam*||Program Advisor||0|
|NTGR6000||Greek Readings: Gospels||Advisor||2|
|NTGR6010||Greek Readings: Acts/Epistles||Advisor||2|
|NTGR6100||Greek Readings: Synoptic Gosp Advisor||2|
|NTGR6500||Hebrew/Greek Readgs: HB/LXX||Advisor||2|
Pastoral Ministry (20 Semester Hours)
|PCPM6150||Pastoral Counseling||Ed Fleming||3|
|PCPM6100||Premarital Counseling||Daniel Moore||3|
|PCPM6075||Bereavement Counseling||Jimmy Hayes||3|
|MNEV5000||Evangelism in the Local Church||Richard Fulton||3|
|MNPR5000||Ministry Practicum I||Advisor||2|
|MNPR5010||Ministry Practicum II||Advisor||2|
Theology (12 Semester Hours)
|THEO6370||Doctrine of Salvation||Gino Cascieri||3|
|MNPM5270||Dispensational Hermeneutics||J.B. Hixson||3|
|THEO6850||Olivet Discourse||J.B. Hixson||3|
Research (15 Semester Hours)
|THRS5000||Graduate Research & Writing||Advisor||3|
|THRS6000||Theological Research I||Advisor||3|
|THRS6010||Theological Research II||Advisor||3|
|THRS6100||Thesis Research / Proposal||Program Advisor||0|
Biblical Language Exit Exams
* The Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam: All candidates for the Th.M. degree must successfully pass the Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam with a mark of “B” or better. Students are allowed up to three hours to complete the exam. The BHEE consists of reading four Old Testament passages in Hebrew, each approximately 35 lines long in the BHS Hebrew Bible. The student will translate each passage and answer a variety of questions concerning the grammar, syntax, and content of each passage. The student will complete the exam within one semester of passing Biblical Hebrew IV with a grade of “C” or better.
* The NT Greek Exit Exam: All candidates for Th.M. degree must successfully pass the NT Greek Exit Exam with a mark of “B” or better. Students are allowed up to three hours to complete the exam. The NGEE consists of reading four New Testament passages in Greek, each approximately 35 lines long in the Greek New Testament (Textus Receptus: Trinitarian Bible Society). The student will translate each passage and answer a variety of questions concerning the grammar, syntax, and content of each passage. The student will complete the exam within one semester of completing NT Greek IV with a grade of “C” or better.
A Note on Biblical Languages Exit Exams: If a student fails to pass either one or both of the exit exams, he shall receive a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition.
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