Dig deep into the content and message of the Bible in preparation for further study, teaching, or Bible translation work.

The Master of Arts Biblical Languages and Exegesis (MABLE) program is for students looking to acquire a broad base of biblical knowledge in both the Old and New Testament while specializing in the biblical languages. Learn from qualified scholars and seasoned pastors as you develop skills in the translation and interpretation of biblical Hebrew and Greek and graduate-level research skills in the field of biblical studies.

This program will serve as excellent preparation for doctoral work. MABLE graduates have gone on to PhD programs at universities such as McMaster University and the University of Cambridge.


Breadth and depth

Gain broad context and dive into deep exegesis. This program is a blend of both! Study Scripture broadly through six biblical studies courses, and then conduct specialized research in an area and language you choose.

Advanced study

This program is designed to help you towards careful and fruitful academic work in bible translation, teaching, and/or research. Explore an area of interest and receive supervision from highly qualified scholars with 12 credit hours of Research and Methodology work.

Doctoral preparation

The MABLE is a perfect step towards doctoral studies. Learn from professors who will help you along on your academic journey. Our graduates have gone on to universities such as McMaster, McGill, and the University of Cambridge.

Arlene Stinson

I have studied the Scriptures more slowly than ever before. Approaching Scripture at this pace has brought so many ‘aha’ moments. My professors have been engaging and focused on student learning as well as personal and ministry integration.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

The Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Exegesis (MABLE) degree gives students skills in the translation and interpretation of biblical Hebrew and Greek. Students would ideally have already engaged in biblical studies in their undergraduate course of study and be able to work full time on this degree. This program is ideally suited for preparation for doctoral work in biblical studies, but would also suit students planning to go into Bible translation or other teaching ministries.

Credit Hours: 60

I. Core (9 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from three of the following disciplines: *
Personal Formation for Ministry **
New Testament
Old Testament
Theology Elective***

II. Language and Exegesis (18 credit hours)
Prerequisites: four semesters of Greek OR four semesters of Hebrew

Greek OR Hebrew (12 credit hours):
GRK 600 Koine Greek I
GRK 601 Koine Greek II
GRK 700 Koine Greek III
GRK 701 Koine Greek IV
HEB 600 Introductory Hebrew I
HEB 601 Introductory Hebrew II
HEB 700 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II

Advanced Exegesis (6 credit hours):
GRK 800 Koine Greek V
HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II (new book)

III. Biblical Studies (18 credit hours)
BLST 801 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
BLST 701 Advanced Hermeneutics

Choose two (2) of the following courses:
BLST 711 Intro to Old Testament Theology
BLST 714 Psalms
BLST 715 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
BLST 717 The Former Prophets
BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 817 Old Testament Specialty
BLST 819 Old Testament Seminar
HEB 739 Biblical and Extrabiblical Aramaic

Choose two (2) of the following courses:
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
BLST 725 Acts of the Apostles
BLST 728 Hebrews
BLST 729 Revelation
BLST 825 Romans
BLST 829 New Testament Seminar
GRK 801 Koine Greek VI

IV. Research and Methodology (12 credit hours)
RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 808 Thesis****

V. Electives (3 credit hours)

VI. Non-Credit Requirements
RD 700 Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview
BLST 891 MABLE Comprehensive Exam

* To be determined by the program coordinator based on the student's previous undergrad studies.
** Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
*** If a student does not have sufficient background in theology, he or she should take THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview.

**** Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have the approval of the program coordinator in order to qualify to write a thesis.