An Invitation to Study Biblical Languages and Translation at Southeastern

For those students interested in linguistics, Bible translation, biblical languages, semiotics, literary theory or a host of other related areas of study, Southeastern invites you to study biblical languages for the purpose of Bible translation. If you are interested in Bible translation, you will have the opportunity to study with the following faculty, as well as approximately 15 other faculty who teach in the biblical studies division.

Fred Williams (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Associate Professor of History and Languages in the College of Southeastern. Dr. Williams has published articles in Trinity Journal and Tyndale Bible Dictionary (Tyndale House). He teaches linguistics and Greek, Hebrew, French, and Latin to Southeastern students. What is more, he is able to teach many, many more languages.

Todd Borger (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; post-doctoral study, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, a leader of the Bible Translation program (MABT) at Southeastern, and the author of “The Canaanite Conquest: A Paradigm for Christian Violence?” (Areopagus Journal, Winter 2010). Dr. Borger served in Asia for years before coming to teach at SEBTS.

Shawn Madden (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and Director of Library Services, and is currently writing Kings: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text for Baylor Press. Before coming to SEBTS, Dr. Madden served in the United States Marine Corps.

Adrianne Miles (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin) is Adjunctive Professor of Linguistics at Southeastern. She has published articles in Language Learning and Development and Language, and presented papers at numerous regional and national linguistic conferences. In addition to her Linguistics post she teaches English at Southeastern.

Southeastern offers the following degrees relevant to biblical languages, linguistics, and Bible translation:

The Master of Arts (Biblical Languages) (MABL), in conjunction with a Certificate in Translation, functions to prepare students to serve as translators and as field supervisors for Bible translation teams. The MABL consists of 48 credit hours in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic so that the student will be competent in translation in both Testaments. Admission to the MABL presupposes adequate training in biblical studies at the undergraduate level.

Southeastern also offers the Master of Arts (Bible Translation) which intends to prepare students to serve as Bible translators or directors of Bible translation teams, especially on the mission field. Hence, this 60-hour program combines the required biblical languages (21 hours) courses with courses in the principles of Bible translation (39 hours). Again, adequate training in biblical studies at the undergraduate level is presupposed for his program. See the SEBTS catalog for more info.

Each of Southeastern’s M.Div. programs include requirements in the biblical languages. The M.Div. with Advanced Biblical Studies is designed for those who want a higher level of training in biblical languages and exegesis. By way of at least 15 hours of additional language study on top of the M.Div. core, this program prepares aspiring pastors, missionaries, or those who wish to pursue an advanced degree and teach in a college or seminary setting.

We invite you to study with our Biblical Languages and Translation faculty in the M.A. or M.Div. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/ or http://www.sebts.edu/college/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.

An Invitation to Study Old Testament at Southeastern

One of the greatest 20th century triumphs of The Bible Obfuscation Department has been the sometime relegation of the Old Testament to the sidelines in biblical studies, theology, and preaching. The problem with such relegation is that the only “Scriptures” that Jesus, the apostles, and the New Testament authors had were the Old Testament scriptures, which they which they referred to as being divinely inspired, authoritative, and sufficient (see 2 Tim 3:16). Moreover, Jesus referenced the Law, Prophets, and Writings (i.e. Old Testament) as ultimately fulfilled in him (Luke 24:44). Therefore, if we wish to know about creation (Gen 1-2; Pss 8; 24; 100), the problem with humanity (Gen 3; cf Judges 21:25), the unfolding solution for that problem (Gen 12; 15; 17; 22; Ex 19-Deut 30; 2 Sam 7; Pss 78; 105; 106), the character of God who brings this all about (Ex 34:6-7), and the proper relationship with that God (Gen 15; Hab 2:4) in order to live a blessed life (Pss 1-2; Prov. 1:7), we ought to know the Old Testament and that in Hebrew. Knowing the Old Testament enables one to know the New Testament to know Jesus Christ in order to know and love the God who creates and redeems his people.

For this reason, Southeastern has worked to build an Old Testament faculty that will prepare our students to preach the gospel both faithfully and meaningfully. By faithfully, we mean that one will be prepared to expound the Christian Scriptures (in their entirety) accurately. By meaningfully, we mean that one will be prepared to communicate it in such a way that the audience understands it in the way the biblical author intended and with an application that fits the particular social and cultural contexts of the hearers.

In this installment, we provide a brief highlight the Old Testament faculty at Southeastern, followed by an invitation to study the Old Testament at the undergrad, grad, and post-grad levels.

Todd Borger (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. Dr. Borger served in Asia for years before coming to teach at SEBTS.

Bob Cole (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages and author of Psalms 1 and 2: Gateway to the Psalter (Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming) and The Shape and Message of Book III (Pss 73-89) (Sheffield Academic Press). Dr. Cole enjoys playing intramural soccer with SEBTS students, and sports a robust and enviable moustache.

Shawn Madden (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Director of Library Services and author of Kings: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Baylor Press, forthcoming). Before coming to SEBTS, Dr. Madden served in the United States Marine Corps.

Chip McDaniel (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and author of several Greek and Hebrew interlinears for Logos Bible Software and “Mission in the Old Testament” in Mission in the NT: An Evangelical Approach (Orbis Books). Dr. McDaniel has been known to grow his beard to epic proportions, especially during the winter months.

Tracy McKenzie (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and author of Idolatry in the Pentateuch (Wipf and Stock). Dr. McKenzie is presently working on a second Ph.D. in Germany.

Allan Moseley (Th.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Post-Doctoral Study, Duke University Divinity School) is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and author of Thinking Against the Grain: Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of Myths (Kregel). Dr. Moseley is the pastor of Christ Baptist in Raleigh and is known as a top-shelf expository preacher.

Mark Rooker (Ph.D., Brandeis University; Additional studies: Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, author of The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century (B&H); Leviticus, NAC Commentary (B&H); Biblical Hebrew in Transition: The Language of the Book of Ezekiel (Sheffield); and co-author with Eugene Merrill, Michael Grisanti of The World and The Word: Introducing the Old Testament (B&H). Dr. Rooker is from Texas, played QB in his football days, and brings to the table a deceptively keen sense of humor.

Heath A. Thomas (Ph.D., Old Testament, University of Gloucestershire) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and author of Poetry & Theology in Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text (Sheffield Phoenix Press, manuscript accepted); ‘Until He Looks Down and Sees’: The Message and Meaning of the Book of Lamentations (Grove). Dr. Thomas bears an uncanny resemblance to Patrick Jane, the lead star of the TV series The Mentalist.

Southeastern offers several degrees with a focus on the Old Testament. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies introduces undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of pastors, particularly in the area of Old and New Testament competency. The Master or Arts (Biblical Languages) prepares students to serve as translators and as field supervisors for Bible translation teams. The Master of Arts (Old Testament) provides serious students with an opportunity for advanced study beyond the Master of Divinity or baccalaureate degrees.

The M.Div. with Pastoral Ministry prepares students for pastoral ministry in the local church with and is grounded in study of the Old and New Testament. The M.Div. with Christian Ministry offers the same strong core education while giving one freedom to pursue elective courses in the area of Old Testament and Hebrew. The M.Div. with Advanced Biblical Studies offers the greatest opportunity for focus in Old Testament and Hebrew exegesis, preparing one for a pastoral or teaching ministry. The Th.M. in Biblical Studies equips post-M.Div. students who want to enhance their theological training, either for preparation for doctoral study or as an advanced degree for service in the church. Students can take the thesis or non-thesis tracks under the supervision of a professor in the area of Old Testament. Finally, the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Old Testament prepares students to teach Old Testament, Hebrew, and other courses to college or seminary students, and to write about the interpretation and theology of the Old Testament.

We invite you to come study with our preaching faculty in the B. A., M.A., M.Div., Th.M., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.for mobi