Master 2 Concentration: Biblical Studies
Length: 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)
Preparing for degree : Master of Arts in Theology
Entry requirements: MA1 in Religious Studies or MA1 in Theology (or equivalent)
Choose 4 courses and 1 research seminar from below - to be approved by the Director of Studies
YEAR 2 OF THE MASTER’S IN THEOLOGY - CONCENTRATION: BIBLICAL STUDIES
The program of the second year of Master’s in Theology (M2, Master 2) - Concentration: Biblical Studies provides, as its name suggests, specialized training in the field of biblical studies. It allows the student to delve into the different methods of reading and studying the Scriptures. The student studies more specifically certain books of the Bible, while acquiring a good knowledge of the languages, history and cultures of the Bible.
During this year, the student writes a research thesis under the direction of a qualified professor, which he or she is required to defend before a jury. The thesis is to be of 350 000 characters - (including spaces). Successful completion of the Master’s degree would enable students to teach and to go on to PhD studies.
The program is structured into:
- an Educational component with specialized courses and interactive online seminars
- a Research component with a thesis, supervised by a research director
Courses and assignments
Online seminars and assignments
The courses available for the Master 2 in Theology program - Concentration: Biblical Studies can be seen below, with a detailed description for each one. The student should choose their courses after completing the administrative registration application and this choice will be validated by the Board of Studies.
The pedagogy of Domuni does not rely solely on reading. The interactive seminars are regularly offered for Master’s students. These are research seminars where students work synchronously: the seminars take place at fixed times and all participants study at the same time. Seminars are an opportunity for real dialogue-based research, led by a professor. The findings from seminars can lead to publication in Telos, the university’s journal.
ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE
Each course is evaluated by
- a 10-question quiz
- a long paper (10-15 pages)
At the end of the academic year
- The thesis defense concludes the MA 2
In addition to the fact that students can take more time and study one academic year over two calendar years, examinations, since the Covid 19 pandemic, can be done by videoconferencing, in front of the jury. For the thesis defense, assessments last one hour and are recorded. This arrangement helps to protect the environment (by avoiding travel), to save time and money and of course to avoid transmitting the Covid 19 virus.
It is also worth noting that enrollment happens daily. As soon as the registration process is completed, students receive a code that allows them to access the Domoodle teaching platform and begin studying. As mentioned above, each academic year can be spread over two calendar years without the need to re-enroll or pay tuition fees again.
List of Courses
Prophets Part I
Prophets Part II
Prophets Part III
The Gospel of St John
The principal aim of the course will be to furnish an appreciation of Johannine literature as Good News, with particular reference to the theological perspective of the author. The course will further aim at providing a basic familiarity with, and a critical assessment of, contemporary critical thinking on the Johannine writings, particularly the Gospel of John.
The Book of Tobit
The name which designates the book has not always been the same through the centuries. The name « Tobiah » in English or « Tobie » in French comes from the Latin Vulgate which gives the same Latin name, Tobias, to the father and the son. It has been used in the past decades but is generally no longer in use.
The Book of Esther
The Book of Judith
Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - Part II
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - Part III
Introduction to the Pentateuch
Historical Books of the Old Testament
New Testament Events
This course is part of the book of Bieke Mahieu, Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC-39 AD, with a Time Setting of New Testament Events. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.
Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - Part I
Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark is distinctive within the New testament. It may be the oldest Gospel, but it post-dates some of Paul’s letters, from which we already have a good picture of the preaching of Peter and Paul. Mark paints Jesus in down to earth human form, willing to change his mind, vulnerable to the opinions of others, and especially those of the ones who opposed him.
An Introduction to the New Testament using the Historical-Critical Method
The first thing to say is that the New Testament is the second half of the Christian Bible, and follows the Old Testament and what Protestants call the Apocrypha – mostly intertestamental writings which continue to speak of God’s grace and his care for his people, the people of Israel. The New Testament is about Jesus, a Jew from Israel, who lived and died and was brought back to life again by God.