PhD Old Testament

PhD in Old Testament

The Ph.D. in Old Testament is designed for pastors and teachers who intend to teach biblical studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It offers specialized expertise on the vocabulary, grammar, syntax, exegesis and theology of the Old Testament as well as its application within a contemporary context.

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years for completion: two years of coursework prior to the dissertation stage and one full year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.

Program at a glance

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What courses will I take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • PHD 9101 - Introduction to Research and Integration
  • PHD 9102 - Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education
  • OTS 9700 - Seminar in Old Testament Theology
  • OTS 9800 - Seminar in Contemporary Old Testament Research
  • BBG 9600 - Seminar in Ancient Jewish & Greco-Roman Literature
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach Old Testament or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries
  • Minister to pastor-theologians in the local church
  • Use knowledge of Old Testament Studies in a global mission context
  • Write for Christian literary publications

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

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