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Master of Arts (Old Testament)

Talbot School of Theology


The Master of Arts with a concentration in Old Testament — available fully online, on campus or in a blend of both formats — is designed to expand your view of the Old Testament world with knowledge and training in the Hebrew language and the historical-cultural background of the Ancient Near East.

You will develop a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament Scriptures as you learn how to read God’s Word in its original language and grow confident in your ability to faithfully and carefully exegete Scripture. You will also develop the foundation needed understand the textual history, historical accuracy and key critical issues in the Old Testament in light of the latest findings.

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Why Pursue Old Testament Studies at Talbot?

  • Expand Your Knowledge of the Old Testament World. Gain a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament as you learn about the history and culture of the Ancient Near East. In addition to learning how to read the Old Testament in its original language, you will study Old Testament backgrounds, including religious beliefs, literature, geography, archaeology and culture.
  • Develop Skills in Biblical Interpretation With Knowledge of Hebrew. As you develop skills in biblical interpretation, you will also develop a deep appreciation for the value of studying Hebrew for a better understanding of God’s Word. As you move from learning basic grammar to reading complex Hebrew texts, you will discover how knowledge of the Hebrew language helps with research and developing biblical insights on the Old Testament Scriptures.
  • Prepare for Further Academic Study. Talbot’s rigorous academic program equips students for further academic study and preparation for doctoral studies. A concentration in the Old Testament is foundational to successful doctoral studies in this and related areas. To develop your research and exegetical skills and have opportunity to work with a professor, you will have the option to submit a thesis, or take a capstone class that requires an exegetical project on a select passage in Hebrew.

For more reasons to choose Talbot School of Theology for your education, see the Why Talbot? page.

What Will I Study?

Each of Talbot School of Theology’s Master of Arts programs include a core of biblical and theological foundation courses, the Spiritual Formation Core, an area of academic specialization, and additional elective courses.

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2–4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
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Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.