The degree of Master of Arts in Sacred Scripture offers students a rigorous program of study of the biblical texts guided by the light of Catholic tradition. This program forms students interested in pursuing academic goals. The curriculum implements the vision for biblical studies envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, recognizing both the divine and human dimensions of the Inspired Word. Students are trained in the literary and historical tools necessary for interpreting the biblical texts in their original settings, with special emphasis on learning biblical Greek, and explore the theological dimensions of the text, recognizing that “the study of the ‘sacred page’” is “the very soul of sacred theology” (Dei Verbum § 24).

This degree is only available on campus in Denver. It is awarded upon the completion of thirteen courses (three credit hours each), including a written thesis. Students are expected to complete the degree by full-time study over two academic years.

Thesis

During their final academic year students will spend time researching and writing a thesis that examines a special topic in biblical studies. This project will be overseen by a faculty member. Thesis proposals should be submitted and approved by the beginning of the second academic year.

Application Requirements

Please contact the Office of Admissions to discuss your interest in applying for the new Master of Arts in Sacred Scripture.

admissions@augustineinstitute.org

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Core Curriculum Courses

Proseminar I (and Proseminar II)

These courses explore the principles and challenges involved in interpreting Scripture in an integrated fashion that is both exegetically responsible and informed by Catholic theological principles. In particular, this will entail exploring biblical hermeneutics in light of fundamental theology. Students will be introduced to patristic and medieval exegesis, including that of Augustine and Aquinas, as well as the philosophical and theological currents that helped shape the rise of modern critical scholarship will also be explored. Along with other key ecclesial texts, the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution, Dei Verbum, provides a unifying reference point for these explorations.

Old Testament Seminar I (and Old Testament Seminar II)

These courses offer an in-depth introduction to a particular book or section of the Old Testament (e.g., the Pentateuch, Prophets, the Psalms). Students will engage in careful exegesis of these texts, analyzing their literary, cultural, historical and theological dimensions, entering into dialogue about scholarly literature on these topics. As part of their contribution to the seminar discussions, students will present papers exploring special topics under consideration.

New Testament Seminar I (and New Testament Seminar II)

These courses offer an in-depth introduction to a particular book or section of the New Testament (e.g., the Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, Catholic Epistles). Special attention will be given to reading and interpreting the biblical writers in their original Greek. Students will engage in careful exegesis of these texts, analyzing their literary, cultural, historical and theological dimensions, entering into dialogue about scholarly literature on these topics. As part of their contribution to the seminar discussions, students will present papers exploring special topics under consideration.

Pauline Literature

This course considers the life and writings of St. Paul, exploring his Jewish origins, life-changing conversion, and vocation. Students encounter St. Paul’s writings in context and understood both as essential to the Church’s teaching and in light of varying exegetical approaches through the centuries. Students see St. Paul as a rabbi and a theologian, and also as a catalyst in the early Church, who simultaneously criticizes and utilizes the Greco-Roman and Jewish worldviews in his proclamation of the gospel. This course treats St. Paul’s mastery of rhetoric and his pastoral sensitivity in a way that prepares students to formulate effective strategies for evangelization.

Electives

Students will be given the opportunity to take two electives. A variety of elective topics cycle throughout the year.