MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) (MABEL)
Preparation for being a Bible translator for unreached people groups, offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.
Bring the scriptures to life in a new language
The MABEL is a joint degree program between Dallas Theological Seminary and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics just south of the city of Dallas.
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Courses are offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), an institution offering degrees in in cross-cultural service, linguistics, anthropology and world arts.
Partner with Bible translation organizations
The Master of Arts (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) curriculum fulfills requirements for the first term of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Advanced linguistics with theological grounding
The MABEL program offers a complete program in Old and New Testament studies at DTS, along with translation coursework through GIAL.
|BE101||Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics||3|
|BE102||Old Testament History I||3|
|BE315||Bible Manners and Customs||3|
|Theology & Missions||8|
|HT200||History of Doctrine||2|
|ST101||Theological Method and Bibliology||3|
|WM540||Appl Biblical Contextualization||3|
|NT101||Elements of Greek||3|
|NT102||Elements of Greek||3|
|NT104||Introduction to New Testament Exegesis||3|
|OT101||Elements of Hebrew I||3|
|OT102||Elements of Hebrew II||3|
|OT103||Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I||3|
|OT104||Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction II||3|
|GIAL Field Preparation||18|
|AL5207||Field Data Management||2|
|AL5315||Semantics & Pragmatics||3|
|AL5316||Theory & Practice of Translation||3|
|AL5406||Field Methods & Ling Analysis||4|
Students in the MABEL 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;
- 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 MABEL is a dual process. Applicants for the program must apply to both Dallas Seminary and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), and the admission requirements of both institutions must be met. In most cases students admitted to DTS will meet the admission requirements at GIAL. However, prospective MA/BEL students should be aware that the requirements for linguistic courses at GIAL vary and will include a minimum of 15 prerequisite credit hours.
Until they apply to DTS for admission to the program, students will not be officially enrolled in the MABEL program. Students are advised to contact both institutions as soon as possible regarding their intentions to enroll in the MABEL program so that adequate advice and direction can be provided.
Because the majority of students enrolled in the MABEL are either already involved in or anticipate being involved in Bible translation ministries cross-culturally, applicants to the MABEL are required to have a basic understanding of world missions normally attained through the completion of an introductory or foundations course in world missions such as the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course (see www.perspectives.org) or other approved means of meeting this entrance requirement. Students without this prerequisite may be required to take, in addition to their MABEL requirements, WM101 Introduction to World Missions. Contact the Admissions office for more information.
Transfer of Credit
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 GIAL will be transferred toward the MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABEL 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 GIAL will be transferred toward the MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABEL program. Entering students with missions experience in Bible translation may be eligible for advanced standing.
A dual registration process is followed for all GIAL courses taken for the degree. Students must register through GIAL before taking linguistics courses at that campus. DTS is then notified by GIAL 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 GIAL courses.
At the end of each term GIAL sends official grade sheets to the Registrar’s of ce at Dallas Theological Seminary for transcripting of their courses. Grades earned for GIAL courses are factored into the cumulative grade point average at DTS.
Dual Degree Option
Students who complete the 62-hours required for the DTS MABEL degree may complete an additional 4 hours from GIAL to earn the 37-hour MA in Applied Linguistics at GIAL. In addition to the 18 hours taken at GIAL as part of the MABEL program, students may transfer 15 hours from the MABEL program to GIAL and take an additional 4 hours at GIAL, plus comprehensive exams, to meet the 37-hour requirement for an MA in Applied Linguists. This essentially allows students to earn both degrees for a minimum of 66 hours plus comprehensive exams. Consult your GIAL advisor for details.
Graduates serving on mission
God has placed our graduates in missions and translation work all around the world, from Papua New Guinea to the boardrooms of Dallas.
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Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.
You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.
Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.