Old Testament

In addition to the stated purpose of the PhD program at SEBTS, the purpose of the PhD in Old Testament is to prepare students who (1) desire to teach Old Testament or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use their knowledge of Old Testament Studies in their ministries in global mission contexts.

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 5

    phd introduction

  • 3

    phd integrative colloquium

  • 24

    phd research seminars

  • 6

    phd mentor directed studies

  • 4

    phd comprehensive exams

  • 18

    phd prospectus and dissertation

  • 60

    total 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 In Higher Education

  • Serve as a Pastor-Theologian in the local church

  • 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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