The Master of Arts in Bible Translation degree program is designed to prepare students desiring to serve in Bible translation ministries.
The MABT is offered jointly with Dallas International University (DIU). The Department of Missiology and Intercultural Ministries is responsible for administering the program on the DTS campus.
The MABT program offers a complete program in Old and New Testament studies at DTS, along with translation coursework through DIU.
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
BE5102 Old Testament History I or BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation
BE5104 Old Testament Prophets or BE5106 Acts and Pauline Epistles
BE5315 Bible Manners and Customs
Theology, Missions, and Spiritual Formation
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology
HT5200 History of Doctrine
MIM5101 Missiological and Intercultural Foundations
MIM5540 Applied Biblical Contextualization
SF5145 MABT Spiritual Formation
NT5101 Elements of Greek
NT5102 Elements of Greek
NT5103 Intermediate Greek
NT5104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis
OT5101 Elements of Hebrew I
OT5102 Elements of Hebrew II
OT5103 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I
OT5104 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I
Bible Translation Concentration (DIU)
Bible Translation Concentration* – 18 credits
*Students in the MABT program must choose either a Translation Advising or Linguistics concentration. This portion of the program will be completed at DIU. For a list of courses comprising these concentrations, please consult “MABT Concentrations” in the catalog. NOTE: Students may need to complete prerequisite linguistics courses prior to enrolling in DIU coursework. For more information, please consult “Course Requirements” in the catalog.
Students in the MABT 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 and contextualization;
- 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
The application process for the MABT is a dual process. Applicants for the program must apply to both DTS and DIU, and the admission requirements of both institutions must be met. In most cases, students admitted to DTS will meet the admission requirements at DIU. However, prospective MABT students should be aware that the Applied Linguistics concentration courses at DIU require a minimum of 13 prerequisite credit hours, and Translation Advising concentration courses require 6 prerequisite hours.
Until they apply to DTS for admission to the program, students will not be officially enrolled in the MABT program. Students are advised to contact both institutions as soon as possible regarding their intentions to enroll in the MABT program so that adequate advice and direction can be provided.
Transfer of Credit
In addition to the normal transfer-credit policies of the seminary for general master’s degrees (please refer to the Transfer of Credit section in this catalog), no more than 30 hours of coursework from institutions outside of DTS and DIU will be transferred toward the MABT degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABT program. Entering students with missions experience in Bible translation may be eligible for advanced standing.
In addition to the normal transfer credit policies of the seminary for general master’s degrees (see Transfer of Credit in the General Master’s Degrees section of this catalog), no more than 30 hours of coursework from institutions outside of DTS and the DIU will be transferred toward the MA in Bible Translation degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABT program. Entering students with missions experience in Bible translation may be eligible for advanced standing.
A dual registration process is followed for all DIU courses taken for the degree. Students must register through DIU before taking linguistics courses at that campus. DTS is then notified by DIU and enters the courses in the DTS registration system. This allows the tracking of student status for such purposes as loan deferments, international visa requirements, etc. There is no charge for the DTS portion of the registration process for DIU courses.
At the end of each term, DIU sends official grade sheets to the Registrar’s office at Dallas Theological Seminary for transcripting of their courses. Grades earned for DIU courses are factored into the cumulative grade point average at DTS.
Dual Degree Option
Students who complete the 66 hours required for the MABT degree with the Applied Linguistics concentration may complete an additional 4 hours from DIU and take the comprehensive exams to earn DIU’s 37-hour MA in Applied Linguistics. Students with the Translation Advising concentration may complete an additional 12 hours from DIU and complete a Capstone Project to earn DIU’s 36hour MA in Translation Advising. This would require transferring 15 hours from the MABT program to DIU in addition to the 18 hours taken at DIU as part of the MABT program. This essentially allows students to earn both degrees for a minimum of 66 hours plus comprehensive exams. Students should consult their DIU advisor for more details about this option.
Dallas International University
Courses are offered jointly with the Dallas International University (DIU), an institution offering degrees in cross-cultural service, linguistics, anthropology, and world arts.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
The Master of Arts in Bible Translation curriculum fulfills the requirements for the first term of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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