Baptist Bible Seminary has introduced a new Master of Arts program to prepare students for the future with robust study of biblical languages. Students can select the M.A. in Bible, Language and Theology and begin study as early as January 2022. With 48 credits, students will complete almost half of a Master of Divinity degree as a part of their master’s program, allowing them to transition easily right into Doctor of Philosophy studies.
Seminary dean Dr. Wayne Slusser is professor in New Testament and Greek. He believes the biggest benefit to this new track is its conciseness and brevity. The fast track it offers makes higher education more financially accessible and allows students to concentrate their learning with future academic goals in mind.
Slusser says, “this rigorous academic study will develop your command of Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew as well as your theological foundation in preparation for Ph.D. studies.”
Alex Madsen, who graduated from CSU this past year with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries, is the first student to step into the new program. He is most looking forward to deepening his knowledge of the hermeneutical aspects of the Old Testament and the Gospels.
He says, “there is a lot of variance in how they are interpreted and understood, and it would be great to have a working knowledge of the issues involved and how these issues impact everything from what is preached from pulpits to what I take away from my personal devotional time.”
With the concentrated academic focus of the program, Madsen is excited to study Scripture more deeply and be able to communicate its truths well in whatever ministry setting God calls him. “The program was a great fit for me and for my goals,” he explains. “I love to teach, and I love to study the interpretational aspects of the Word of God. At this point I do not feel called to be a pastor, so I chose this program because it was designed to prepare me to do the specifically teaching aspects of ministry.”
Learn more about CSU’s new Master of Arts in Bible, Language and Theology.