Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies (PhD)
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The PhD in Biblical Studies prepares persons for teaching in colleges and theological institutions, for scholarship, and for denominational leadership. Students develop a major in Old Testament or New Testament and a minor in the other testament or another area of the theological curriculum. Through critical historical study of the Bible and contemporary hermeneutical theory and method, students gain a wide-ranging exposure to the discipline and its current diversity.
Most importantly, these more recent approaches make possible new insights into the meaning of the biblical text within both its ancient context and our own contemporary context. Instead of the academic study of the Bible undermining our faith, such inquiries reinforce our recognition of the Bible as a cultural product that has meaning for our lives today.