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  1. I am wondering what institutions offer MAs in the Old Testament/Semitic languages, that have extensive amounts of Hebrew exegesis, ancient near eastern backgrounds, and even cognate languages (Ugaritic, Akkadian, etc)? I have found very few programs that offer this kind of rigor/coursework on a master's level. It seems like that you can't get to this level unless its on a PhD. Here's the ones I've found/am aware of. Any others? I'm giving a list of what I've found, but many may not meet what I am looking at (a pre-doctoral program you could go into straight from undergraduate; with possibly some Hebrew coursework in between). https://www.tiu.edu/divinity/programs/master-old-testament-semitic-languages/ - Probably the best one I've found, but the financial troubles at school concern me. https://semitics.catholic.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-of-arts/index.html https://www.sebts.edu/academics/masters/MA_Research/MA-old-testament.aspx (not considered "prestigious" or "reputable" far as I'm aware). https://nelc.sas.upenn.edu/index.php/hebrew-judaic-studies Think they have an MA, not just a PhD? https://www.gordonconwell.edu/degrees/mats/ I think this degree would fit the academic rigor/reputation requirements? Believe that this previously offered program was folded into it? https://divinity.yale.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-requirements/concentrated-master-arts-religion-mar/hebrew-bible https://www.brandeis.edu/near-eastern-judaic/graduate/masters/index.html https://catalog.wheaton.edu/graduate/biblical-theological-studies/biblical-exegesis-ma/#requirementstext Trying to focus on schools that would give education to prepare for academia, not necessarily pastoral ministry. Feedback on these programs I've found? Any reputable programs that I've missed? Any of these not what I think they are? Also interested/willing to hear about PhD programs that have a master's degree en route (as long as one could go directly from undergraduate). Sorry for dumping all of this. Don't expect detailed review of all of these links. I'm just trying to see if I am looking at the right places/thinking about the right kind of programs and any of them stand out as good options or bad choices.
  2. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. Hey all, Starting this thread to help each other and let one another know where we applied, got accepted, denied or wait-listed. Also feel free to provide any other information such as funding, choosing one school over another, reasons why rejecting etc. Here is my list of applications and updates so far: USA Yale Div - MARc Philosophical Theology/Philosophy of Religion (waiting) Duke Div - MTS (accepted w/ 25% funding) - any idea how to get more? Wake Forest Div - MDiv (rejected) - was surprised to find out I was rejected BU SoT - MTS (waiting) Canada Wycliffe College (UofT) - MTS (waiting) Regent College - MTS (waiting) UK U of Oxford (Wycliffe Hall) - MTh (waiting) U of Cambridge - MPhil in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion (waiting) U Of Edinburgh - MPhil (waiting) U of St. Andrews - MTh (rejected) I'm also an international student, graduating with a B.A. in Theology from the historic Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) Any ideas of funding available for international students? The idea of a loan kind of scares me. Best of luck everyone!
  5. 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
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