Biblical Languages M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as pastor, Christian educator, missionary, or church staff member. This degree program is designed for students desiring to develop advanced levels of skill in the study of the biblical text for preaching, teaching, and writing ministries.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Archie England (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Harold Mosley (Old Testament Advisor)

  • Dr. William Warren (New Testament Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (74 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (23 hours)

Course

Hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for OT Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion
OR
Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship Strategies (M

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Counseling in Ministry 

2

Servant Leadership Competency (10 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry** 

3

Church Revitalization (M)

2

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Biblical Languages Specialization Component (12 hours)

Biblical Languages Specialization (12 hours)

course

hours

Greek Exegesis (2 courses)
(not including NT Textual Criticism)

6

Hebrew Exegesis (2 courses)

6

Electives Component (6 hours)

Free Electives (6 hours)

Total Required: 92 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students who do not have a pastoral ministry calling (e.g., pastor, ministry staff, chaplain, or church planter) may choose to take Christian Ministry instead of Pastoral Ministry.

***Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.

Preparation for Research Doctoral Study

This program also is designed for students desiring to pursue research doctoral programs in biblical studies, theological and historical studies, and some pastoral ministries areas. Additional prerequisites for admission into Old Testament and Hebrew and New Testament and Greek doctoral programs are delineated in the Research Doctoral Programs section of the Graduate Catalog.