MA Biblical Studies

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a 65-credit program designed for individuals who desire to grow in their walk with God and understanding of God’s Word. MABS students learn to use biblical language tools in their study of the Scriptures and apply these in teaching or preaching. The MABS also provides an environment for the development of the student’s spiritual life, character and leadership, grounding in the Scriptures and core doctrines of the Christian faith, in a context of ministry involvement.

 

Target Group

The MABS is designed for individuals who wish learn how to use biblical language tools to aid in their study of the Scriptures.  Those who have been in ministry for many years may wish to take this program as a way to expand their biblical knowledge and further develop as learners and teachers of the Scripture. MABS graduates serve as pastoral staff, cross-cultural missionaries, church planters, church workers, parachurch workers, lay ministers, Bible teachers and translators.

 

Program Explanation

 

EAST Aleph (Summer)

LF500 Research & Writing for Christian Leadership

2

 

IS401 Evangelism & Follow Up Seminar

NC

 

 

1st Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

BS510 Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics

3

OT510 Old Testament Narratives

3

LF510 Christian Leadership Foundations

3

LF560 Christian Marriage & Family in Asia

3

IS501 Building Spiritual Movements

3

LF580 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 1

1

TS560 Worldview & Biblical Decision Making

OR

IS520 Contextualization

2

IS510 World Missions

2

TS532 Spiritual Transformation and Warfare

3

Emphasis course

 

3

Emphasis course

 

3

LF570 Mentoring Group 1

1

LF571 Mentoring Group 2

1

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Summer

LF581 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 2

2

2nd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS510 Theology 1

3

TS511 Theology 2

3

OT511 Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom Literature & Prophets

3

NT511 New Testament Epistles & Revelation

3

NT510 New Testament Narratives

3

Emphasis course

3

LF530 Biblical Communication –Teaching for Life Change

OR

LF555 Biblical Communication – Intro to Expository Preaching

2

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

LF583 Field Practicum 2

1

LF582 Field Practicum 1

1

LF573 Mentoring Group 4

1

LF572 Mentoring Group 3

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

 

The emphasis courses include:

OT500 Introduction to Hebrew (3 credits)

NT500 Introduction to Greek (3 credits)

OT501 Hebrew Exegesis: Tools & Methods or NT501 Greek Exegesis: Tools & Methods (3 credits)

LF530 Principles & Practice of Teaching or LF555 Expository Preaching 2 (3 credits)

Bible course or additional biblical language course (3 credits)

 

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student has a maximum of five (5) years to complete a MABS from the date of matriculation at EAST.

 

Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements in order to graduate with a MABS:

  • Completion work of all coursework (65 credits) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate character and ministry skills appropriate for an EAST graduate
  • Approval by the faculty
  • Payment all fees