Biblical Studies

Priory Institute

Biblical Studies

Aims and Objectives
The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) provides:
- a detailed study of the worlds of the Bible
- an in-depth appraisal of historical and contemporary methods of biblical interpretation
- an introduction to biblical Greek and Hebrew for exegetical purposes
- a thorough exegesis of one book from each of the Old and New Testaments
- an exploration of contextual applications of scripture
- an opportunity to engage in supervised research at postgraduate level

Course Overview
This MA (Biblical Studies) by blended learning is particularly suitable for those who cannot attend classes regularly. The modules are delivered by suitably qualified and experienced scripture scholars who are specialists in their disciplines.

Subjects taught

Year 1
• Research Methods in Biblical Studies
• History & Cultures of the Biblical World
• Biblical Greek for Exegesis

Year 2
• The Bible and Its Interpretation
• The Gospel of John: Encountering Jesus Again at the End of the First Century

Year 1
• Biblical Hebrew for Exegesis
• The Book of Genesis: Interweaving Themes

Elective Modules
Choose One Elective* from:
(i) Women in Scripture
(ii) The Bible and Ecology
(iii) Lectio Divina: A Way of Praying and Doing Theology

*The electives offered will be subject to student numbers and interest.

You take 1 of these electives/ Credits: 5.
(i) Women in Scripture
(ii) The Bible and Ecology
(iii) Lectio Divina: A Way of Praying and Doing Theology

Year 2
• MA (Biblical Studies) Dissertation

Entry requirements

The degree is suitable for students with a Level 8 (honours) degree in which theology or religious studies is a major component. Candidates must have obtained at least a second class honours degree. An interview will normally be part of the selection process. Not all candidates with the minimum requirements will be automatically accepted.

Application dates

Application Deadline: 1 September 2023


Two years (part time).

Delivery is through blended learning (a combination of onsite and online learning). Attendance at two onsite weekends in each of semesters 1, 2 and 3 is required.

Enrolment dates

Course Begins: September 2023
Location: The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, D24

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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