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M Th Biblical Theology

University of Aberdeen

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The taught MTh is intended to give students with an undergraduate or Master?s level background in Theology an opportunity to study Biblical Theology at an advanced level and to acquire the skills and background necessary for independent postgraduate research and teaching in this area Since Biblical Studies has been an area of strength within the University, collections have been maintained in this area. In addition to modern printed material, we possess historic collections, such as the Biesenthal Collection of books relating to Judaic Studies, and a modest quantity of theological manuscripts and papyri. The MTh in Biblical Theology comprises three main elements: ?Research training: All students will take a course on research methodology and attend a dissertation colloquium. ?Coursework: All students will complete three required courses and one further elective course (see below). ?Dissertation: Under the guidance of a faculty adviser, each student will write a 20,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic. Elective courses (required coursework): New Testament Theology This course gives an overview of attempts, from the nineteenth century to the present, to synthesize the theology of the New Testament. Theologians such as Wrede, Schlatter and Bultmann will be investigated, in addition to issues such as the canon and theological consistency of the New Testament The Old Testament as Christian Scripture The aim of the course is to explore what it might mean to interpret the Old Testament as Christian scripture ? that is, within the context of a Christian Bible containing a New Testament as well as an Old, and functioning within the ongoing life of the Christian community. Ultimately, the question posed by the course is a theological one: how the Old Testament texts can continue to inform the thinking and the practice of the Christian community. The Use of the Bible in Theology This course examines some ways in which the Christian church traditionally has read the Bible and described its relationship to scripture. By reading representative texts from the patristic period to the present, students will gain a deeper sense of the role of scripture in Christian theological reflection and will confront questions about what it might mean to read the Bible theologically today. . In consultation with the programme co-ordinator, each student must select one further master?s-level course from those offered by the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. For most students, the following course is strongly recommended: ?Biblical Exegesis ? Selected Texts: In this course, students undertake close study of specific Old and New Testament texts, selected for their relevance for issues in biblical theology. The course is designed to help students develop the technical skills necessary for advanced biblical exegesis, and may be tailored to the research interests and linguistic abilities of individual students. Some students, however, may find their research leads them to choose a different elective course offered by the School. Course offerings, which vary from year to year, include classes in church history, historical theology, church doctrine and ethics, and practical theology. The School also regularly offers Latin, Latin palaeography, and vernacular palaeography courses. Provision may also be made for the study of languages relevant to specific research projects. Tuition in Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Coptic, Classical Greek, Syriac, Ugaritic, or other languages is subject to staff availability. Students whose mother tongue is not English also require IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 (computer-based TOEFL 238) with TWE 4.5, or equivalent as a condition of entry.

The taught MTh is intended to give students with an undergraduate or Master?s level background in Theology an opportunity to study Biblical Theology at an advanced level and to acquire the skills and background necessary for independent postgraduate research and teaching in this area Since Biblical Studies has been an area of strength within the University, collections have been maintained in...

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