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  1. I've been accepted into an MTS program of a private university that ranks in the top 120ish nationwide and is one of the best in the region; 2nd best school in the city. I'm being offered a full-ride with a small stipend. Its an R2 school much larger and more well-known than my undergraduate institution. It has a religious affiliation but seems to be more pluralist in practice. (keeping it vague for obvious reasons). My concern is that I won't be able to take coursework needed for a PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Ancient Near East. For example, they don't offer Hebrew but I'd be able to take it at a nearby institution and transfer it in. The program is a 2-year program with between 30-45 hours. I have an undergraduate degree in Bible/Theology from a Bible college program. Would it be a waste of time to pursue this if I couldn't go directly into a PhD program? Or would this be a helpful bridge towards a second, more specialized master's degree (MA). It's not a school necessarily known for religious studies, but the school itself has a good reputation. If I decline this offer, not sure if there will be another chance to get a full-ride master's degree; but I know for certain that a 2nd master's degree would be mandatory for me to get what i needed to get into a PhD? Thoughts? Is this a common experience? Am I better off going straight for a master's that'd directly qualify me for a doctoral program? (P. S., what are your thoughts about how to maintain a career/living while also pursuing academics? The market stinks, but I'm wondering if its possible to have a living in a professional job that isn't working retail or blue collar, but then getting advanced degrees).
  2. Hi all, I'm currently a rising junior at a top 5 school. I'm doing an undergrad in religious studies/theology and want to do a PhD in biblical studies focusing on the OT. I'm wondering what the likelihood is of getting into a top PhD program from undergrad? I'm using this to plan my future course load wisely. As of right now, upon graduation I will have completed: 4 semesters of German, 2-4 semesters of Attic Greek, 4 semesters of Biblical Hebrew, 1 semester of Aramaic, and I have 4 more slots, was aiming to take Russian, but still considering the best use for those open courses. I will have completed a year long sequence of OT/NT courses and will aim to take exegesis courses in OT (Genesis/Pentateuch/Song of the Sea) at a partner university (HDS/YDS). I'm wondering if me taking master's level courses and performing well will look good on my application? I understand that this isn't very common, but I would like to give myself the best chance possible. Any help would be wonderful and I thank you for taking the time to read this :)
  3. I'm very lucky to be in the spot that I am: I have been offered admission so far at three schools (and am waiting on Yale Div School). From JTS, I received a 65% merit fellowship, from HDS, a 75% tuition fellowship, and from UChicago Div School, a full tuition scholarship plus 10k living stipend. This is great! Though I'm now stuck with the anxiety of making the right choice. Money isn't the biggest problem, though I would prefer to pay as little as possible. Any advice? Can I leverage scholarships from one school to get more from another?
  4. Hello! how are you? I am from Chile, South America and it is my first post in this forum. I am writing because I am finishing a Master's in Missiology at a denominational university in my country (surely you have not even heard of this place 😰 ha ha). I took this course because it was the only reasonable option for me at the time, but in reality I have always searched for something about the Old Testament with a concentration on the Ancient Near East. I'm looking for a master's degree that is, in some way, more conservative, but I think that in first-level schools that does not exist. What "more conservative" options are there in the best schools in the US? Will I have to look at a denominational school? I have also thought about going to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for M.A. in the Bible & the Ancient Near East to learn Hebrew and Akkadian. After finishing I plan to see options that give me the opportunity to study a PhD in the religious area (OT with a concentration in ANE), but the truth is that I do not know if this is a master's degree like that of Jerusalem will help me to choose a school of religion, because the program is not religious. To summarize, I'd like to end with an Old Testament PhD and Ancient Near East, hopefully more conservative. It is difficult what I ask, I know, but I would like to know if anyone has any idea of what I could do with my life ... haha Thank you in advance for your help. Cheers!
  5. Hey everyone, I am going to be a senior next year and start applying for a masters. I want to follow your original advice and you told me learn the languages at a 3 year maximum masters program. I am currently at a overall GPA of 3.07 and major GPA of 3.6. I am currently a history major and most of my classes are in Egyptology. Classes that have covered the Pre-Dynastic period to the fall of the new kingdom, Egyptian Archaeology, and Egyptian Ritual and Magic. Well I am the treasurer of my History Club, I published an article 2 years ago in my university's department student run history journal. I was also an editor for it this year. I have hosted guest speaker talks for my history club multiple times. From topics touching lgbtq history, Chicano history, Theology, Chinese history, Japanese history. I am a former Jehovah's Witness who got motivated to pursue this field. After I was revealed that my own religion's bible was translated erroneously. I was 19 when I left and became catholic 2 years ago. I however resigned from my church in February because I could not agree with the doctrine of Papal Supremacy, married clergy, I am pro-choice, pro-female ordination, and for blessing LGBT unions/marriages. But the last three reasons I kept to myself in my letter of resignation. I have been attending a orthodox church lately but I think I might just become episcopal after a three bible scholars asvised me through email to go where I feel most comfortable. Do not worry about apostolic succession or the fact that you are pro-choice, or being called a heretic." So that another reason I would want to go to Yale. Because YDS from what I hear is super ecumenical. I also hear that YDS is a place where I get a mix of both an academic setting, but also provide me religious resources. I would also like to be ordained in the church and would like to do it through Berkley Divinity School. My end goal is a PhD but I would also like to work as a priest and educator. I want a masters where I can learn the languages because I go to a public university in the inland empire. I just gotta ask what are my chances of getting into any of these schools. Does my life experiences help my chances. Please do not laugh at my list. I would like to apply to these school Fuller Theological Seminary, Loyola Chicago, Catholic University of America, Yale Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, Duke Divinity School, Emory Divnity School, Boston College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. I hope somebody can advise me. Thank you.
  6. Hello all, I recently submitted an article for consideration for a fairly prominent journal in Hebrew Bible. As it would be my first non-book-review publication, I'm excited to hear back about an acceptance, rejection, or R&R. I was wondering if anyone could anecdotally speak to the typical turnaround times for journals to which they have submitted. I've heard CBQ has a goal time of about three months. I haven't heard anything outside of that, though.
  7. See the following notice for applications to study the Hebrew Bible at UNC or Duke. ** The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are coordinating their extensive resources to develop what promises to be an exceptional opportunity for doctoral study in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. UNC-Chapel Hill, through the Department of Religious Studies, and Duke, through the Graduate Program in Religion, are each accepting applications from qualified students for competitive fellowships to begin the academic year 2018-2019. The deadline to apply to UNC is December 12, 2017; the deadline for Duke is December 7, 2017. Located in North Carolina’s culturally rich and affordable Research Triangle, the programs involve close cooperation between Joseph Lam, David Lambert, and Jodi Magness of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC; Marc Brettler, Laura Lieber, and Melvin Peters of the Department of Religious Studies at Duke; and Stephen Chapman, Ellen Davis, Jennie Grillo, and Anathea Portier-Young of the Duke Divinity School. While each program has certain distinctive emphases, they share a commitment to reading texts in original languages and to exegesis. As part of obtaining broad training in the field, students are encouraged to engage both the ancient Near Eastern context of the Bible and its subsequent history of interpretation from late Second Temple Judaism forward, with a focus on robust conversation across traditions. Together these programs offer students the unique opportunity to study Hebrew Bible/Old Testament within the framework of top-ranked departments of Religious Studies, receiving training in and employing contemporary theories of religion. Both programs are known for their exceptional pedagogical training and have enjoyed excellent placement records. Students benefit from UNC and Duke’s extensive resources in other areas of ancient Judaism, as well as early Christianity. For more information, students are urged to contact David Lambert (dalambe@email.unc.edu) and Marc Brettler (MZB3@Duke.edu). More information is also available at UNC’s departmental website, http://religion.unc.edu/, and Duke’s website, https://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/.
  8. I'm circulating the following announcement for fellowships in the Hebrew Bible and the history of its interpretation at UNC Chapel Hill. More information below! *** The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accepting applications for fellowships in Hebrew Bible and its history of interpretation through the Department of Religious Studies for the academic year 2018-2019. The deadline to apply is December 12, 2017. Graduate students can qualify to receive additional support from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The doctoral program offers an opportunity for students to pursue specialized training in the Hebrew Bible and its history of interpretation within the broader context of a top ranked graduate program in religion. The Department of Religious Studies is known, in particular, for engaging contemporary theories of religion and for its exceptional pedagogical training. Students will participate in the Ancient Mediterranean Religions subfield and receive extensive training in the history and culture of the ancient Near East, as well as early Judaism and Christianity. They will also have the opportunity to study with faculty at nearby Duke University. Primary faculty in Hebrew Bible include: David Lambert, associate professor, author of How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture (Oxford University Press, 2016). •Hebrew Bible and its history of interpretation • Late Second Temple Judaism • The history of Jewish thought Joseph Lam, assistant professor, author of Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept (Oxford University Press, 2016). •Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern context •Hebrew and other Semitic languages Faculty in other areas of the Ancient Mediterranean Religions subfield include: Bart Ehrman (history of early Christianity; New Testament studies) Jodi Magness (early Judaism; archeology of Palestine) Evyatar Marienberg (Rabbinic Judaism and Jewish law) Zlatko Pleše (Gnosticism; Hellenistic religions and philosophy) For more information, please contact David Lambert (dalambe@email.unc.edu) or Joseph Lam (jclam@email.unc.edu). More information is also available on the Department’s website at religion.unc.edu. UNC-flyer-2017.pdf
  9. Just got word of a new, funded Hebrew Bible PhD through the Ancient Mediterranean Religions Subfield at UNC-Chapel Hill. Some great faculty there, as well as shared coursework with Duke Graduate School and Duke Divinity School. Awesome news for those interested in Hebrew Bible in the context of Religious Studies. I've attached the announcement. UNC_announcement.pdf
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