The PhD program in Biblical Theology assumes that applicants have completed an MA in Theology or a related subject. Advanced knowledge of biblical languages (Biblical Hebrew and Greek), mastery of the methodology of scholarly work in biblical studies and competence in the literary, historical and theological issues of the biblical traditions and their critical study are assumed and required.
A dissertation in Biblical Theology may deal with a variety of topics related to the Old or to the New Testament. It may follow a plethora of methodologies. Using advanced historical-critical approaches, it may seek to reconstruct the literary origins of the Bible or its parts in the context of ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic history. It may deal with the history and archaeology of a particular biblical period. It may attempt to interpret concepts contained in the Bible, thus venturing into an Old Testament or a New Testament theology. It may trace the processes of transmission, interaction and reception of particular motifs or texts. It may focus on the interpretation of biblical passages and their careers in the intellectual history of humanity.
If the nature of the dissertation project requires it, the student will take an examination in another ancient or medieval language (e.g. Akkadian, Aramaic, Coptic, or Church Slavonic) during the course of his or her study.
Postgraduate doctoral studies in Biblical Theology are guranteed by:
Field of expertise: Old Testament literature, exegesis of narrative texts (especially the book of Genesis), methodology of Bible interpretation, biblical theology.
OLD TESTAMENT / HEBREW BIBLE STUDIES
archaeology and history of the Southern Levant, wisdom literature, theology of the Old Testament, ancient temples
biblical criticism; Old Testament theologies; Pentateuchal studies (esp. the book of Exodus); Cult and Ethics in OT; Rabbinic and other reader-oriented approaches to the Bible
Old Testament theology; Biblical studies; Hebrew; text criticism
Semitic inscriptions and manuscripts of ancient Palestine and Syria, manuscripts from the Dead Sea
NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES
synoptic gospels, general epistles, revelation of John
interpretation of Pauline and Johannine writings, historical Jesus
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