Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics

Dallas Theological Seminary

24 months
571 USD/credit
571 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree is designed for those who desire to pursue advanced study in linguistics and for those who desire to serve in Bible translation ministries.

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Students in the MABEL program will be able to::

  • exegete the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible;
  • form a basic theological foundation as a grid for Bible translation;
  • apply basic principles of hermeneutics in Bible study and Bible translation;
  • understand the theory and principles of language translation;
  • employ computational tools to construct a phonological analysis, descriptive grammar; partial lexicography, and interlinear text of a minority language; and
  • design an effective strategy for cross-cultural ministry

Sixty-two semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 18 are prescribed in linguistics eld preparation, 12 in Greek grammar and exegesis, 12 in Hebrew grammar and exegesis, 3 in biblical manners and customs, 3 in world missions, 9 in Bible exposition, and 5 in systematic and historical theology, as well as successful completion of either the two-semester SF245 or the four-semester SF100 requirement. The World Missions and Intercultural Studies department advises students in this program. Career guidance is also available from the GIAL staff.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theological Method and Bibliology 
  • Applied Biblical Contextualization 
  • Elements of Greek I 
  • Elements of Greek II 
  • Intermediate Greek 
  • Intro to NT Exegesis 
  • Elements of Hebrew I 
  • Elements of Hebrew II 
  • Hebrew Exegesis & OT Intro 
  • Hebrew Exegesis & OT Intro II 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


62 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
86 (required)
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

As an applicant, you will be evaluated on the basis of:

  •   Your academic records
  •   The assessment of your references
  •   The extent and quality of involvement in Christian service
  •   Your apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    571 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 571 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    571 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 571 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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