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Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program in Biblical Interpretation is an advanced academic degree designed to prepare students for independent research and vocations of teaching biblical interpretation and related historical and hermeneutical areas in theological schools, colleges, and universities, or for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. The Ph.D. program provides opportunities for study of the Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism; New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity; Themes and Issues in Biblical Theology; the History of Biblical Interpretation; and Theological Hermeneutics. Students are guided to develop competence in original research and writing that advances theological understanding for the sake of church, academy, and society, as well as in pedagogical skills to convey this body of knowledge to others. 

Tuition and Fees

All admitted Ph.D. students receive full tuition assistance and an annual merit stipend of $30,000.

Bible Faculty

Ariel Feldman, Rosalyn and Manny Rosenthal Professor of Jewish Studies

Wil Gafney, The Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible

Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament

Timothy Sandoval, Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Jeremy L. Williams, Assistant Professor of New Testament


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