Degree Plan

Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology

The PURPOSE of the Master of Arts programs is to offer core and specialized graduate-level education for professional ministry leadership.

The MA curricula integrate an in-depth study of the Bible with basic historical, theological and practical disciplines critical to developing professional skills for ministry in the 21st century.

Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology (MABHA)
60-credit hours

This program offers students opportunities to study under recognized leaders in archaeology and related fields. Students strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore basic archaeological history, theories, and methodologies.

Program Objectives

MABHA Objectives include the following:

  1. To train students in basic archaeological history, background, and methodology, using data for both apologetic and hermeneutical purposes.
  2. To expose students to the synchronistic relationship between archaeological data and biblical texts.
  3. To address critical research issues in biblical scholarship through scientific excavations in Bible lands.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MABHA program will possess the following competencies:

  1. The student will demonstrate an awareness of the history and issues of Biblical Archaeology.
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to use archaeology for apologetic and hermeneutical purposes.
  3. The student will demonstrate an ability to excavate following sound methodology.
  4. The student will interpret archaeological data in light of regional settlement patterns and biblical narratives.
  5. The student will comprehensively express the chronological, geographical, and thematic flow of the Bible.
  6. The student will master typologies and demonstrate an ability to date material remains based on typologies.

Frequency of Offering

At least some courses required for the MABHA program are offered every fall and spring semester on the main campus, and some core courses are also offered at various remote instructional locations. Uniquely for this degree, several courses for this degree are offered on site in Israel during the summer semester. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities.

Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaelogy (MABHA)
CORE Courses (all 19 required)
Hours
Hermeneutics
BSM 501: Bible Study Methods – Esther, Obadiah, Mark
3
Languages and Culture
ANE 501: Ancient Near Eastern Cultures – Ezra 4-6, Daniel 2-7 (Aramaic)
GRK 501: Greek Language I – Jude, 2 and 3 John 
GRK 502: Greek Language II – I Peter 
HEB 501: Hebrew Language and Culture I – Jonah, Nahum
HEB 502: Hebrew Language and Culture II – Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
3
3
3
3
3
History and Theology
THE 501: Theology I – Genesis
THE 510: Church History – Acts
THE 520: Biblical Archaeology – Judges
THE 525: Ancient Near East History and Archaeology
3
3
3
3
Pastoral Leadership
PAS 501: Pastor-Shepherd I – Job, Jeremiah, Lamentations
PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I – Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings
3
3
Preaching and Teaching
PRE 501: Expository Preaching and Teaching I – Isaiah
3
Spiritual Formation and Ministry
SFM 500: Spiritual Formation and Ministry – Bible Panorama
3
Archaeology
ARC 501: Archaeology Theory and Methodology
ARC 510: Ceramic Analysis
ARC 520: Excavation Practicum and Field School I
ARC 521: Excavation Practicum and Field School II
3
3
3
3
Capstone
CAP 590: Capstone
CORE Hours =
3
57
ELECTIVE Courses (at least 1 required)
Hours
Missions and Evangelism
MIS 501:  Missions I – Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
MIS 502: Missions II – Hosea, Amos, Micah, Zephaniah (Anthropology)
MIS 503: Discipleship, Evangelism and Church Planting – Deuteronomy, Galatians
3
3
3
Spiritual Formation and Ministry
SFM 501: Spiritual Formation and Ministry I – Exodus, Numbers, Matthew
3
ELECTIVE Hours =
3
MA in Biblical History and Archaeology = 19 CORE Courses + 1 ELECTIVE = 20 courses (60-credit hours)
CONTACT US
The Bible Seminary
2655 S Mason Rd
Katy, TX 77450 | Map

281-646-1109 (Phone)
291-646-1110 (Fax)
info@TheBibleSeminary.org

Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
KEY VERSE

"They read from the book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read."
- Nehemiah 8:8

MISSION
The Bible Seminary exists to glorify God by training Christian believers in a context of biblical community in all 66 books of the Bible so that they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit.
SOCIAL

© 2018 The Bible Seminary