The Second Vatican Council taught that “the study of the sacred page,” that is, the Bible, must be “the soul of sacred theology” (Dei Verbum, 24).
The Scripture concentration offers students a rigorous set of courses that teach them how to interpret the literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the biblical texts in ways that are informed by both the Church’s tradition and contemporary biblical scholarship. The concentration includes courses in both Old and New Testament studies as well as offerings in biblical languages and biblical hermeneutics. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and study Scripture in the very places the Bible describes.
One of the primary strengths of the program is that many of our faculty members are Scripture scholars. They have studied the Bible in its original languages and have written dissertations and published books on biblical topics and themes. Our faculty brings the breadth of their knowledge to the classroom, making Scripture study comprehensible and transformative for our students.
Students in the Master of Arts in Theology degree program have the option of pursuing a concentration in Sacred Scripture. The concentration is available to on-campus and to distance-education students.
Students are eligible to apply for the concentration once they have completed two (or more) courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or higher. The concentration requires the normal eight-course MA Theology core curriculum, plus six additional courses listed below. It is for this reason that this program is the most suitable track for those looking to pursue doctoral studies.
M.A. Thesis: By invitation of the faculty, a thesis may be completed and substituted for an elective
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