Old Testament

The PhD 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 PhD 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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 2

    Years of Coursework

  • 1

    Year of Dissertation Work

  • 60

    Credit Hours

Program Courses

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

PhD in Context


  • 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

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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