Master of Theology

MTH 840 - OT Exposition (3 Credits)
The student will survey the content of each book from Isaiah through Malachi, study selected portions in detail (some in the Hebrew text), and learn an exegetical method for discerning the essential contributions of these books to the biblical canon and to the Christian Church today. Interaction with commentary and theological literature is included. Prerequisite: RES 500.
MTH 841 - NT Exposition (3 Credits)
The student will become more familiar with the conversation about the meaning and significance of Paul’s letter to the Romans, particularly as this epistle helps us understand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Paul’s understanding of this issue in the larger context of Judaism will be explored and defined more substantially. Prerequisite: BIE 505.
MTH 870 - Old Testament Seminar (3 Credits)
Participation in this seminar will enable the student to investigate how one might bridge the gaps that are evident between the text, the scholar, and the church. Some issues of intra-canonical interpretation will also be explored. Selected texts from the Old Testament will provide the basis for study. Prerequisite: BIE 603.
MTH 871 - New Testament Seminar (3 Credits)
Participation in this seminar will enable the student to investigate how one might bridge the gaps that are evident between the text, the scholar, and the church. Some issues of intra-canonical interpretation will be explored. Selected texts from the New Testament will provide the basis for study. Prerequisite: BIE 600.
MTH 890 - Research Writing and the Ministry of Scholarship (3 Credits)
The student is introduced to the world of academic scholarship, research, writing, and teaching. This objective is situated within a more general attempt to help students discern and prepare for their own contribution to the ministry of Christian scholarship. The course explores broad epistemological issues that shape research within the Christian worldview; it considers other specific issues and methodologies related to research writing in the fields of specialization represented by the MTS, MLE, CCM, and MTh programs; and it helps students prepare for teaching in an educational setting. Students are challenged to develop skills of persuasion in the academic context, and to build a personal philosophy of scholarly ministry. In addition, the course prepares students for the specific task of researching, writing, and defending a graduate thesis.
MTH 891 - MTH Thesis I (5 Credits)
The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: MTH 890 and a Program Committee-approved thesis proposal.
MTH 892 - MTH Thesis II (5 Credits)
The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: MTH 891.
MTH 893 - Thesis Continuing Status (0 Credits)
The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. No credit is applied. Course enrollment tracks the student’s continuing status in the program and must be enrolled in until final thesis completion. Prerequisite: MTH 892.