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MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) (MABEL)

Preparation for being a Bible translator for unreached people groups, offered jointly with the Dallas International University.

Overview

Bring the scriptures to life in a new language

The MABEL is a joint degree program between Dallas Theological Seminary and the Dallas International University  just south of the city of Dallas.

Dallas International University

Courses are offered jointly with the Dallas International University (DIU), 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.

Curriculum

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 DIU.

62 Hours
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Ext Sites
Biblical Exposition 12
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE104 OT Prophets 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
Languages 24
NT101 Elements of Greek 3
NT102 Elements of Greek 3
NT103 Intermediate 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
GIAL Electives 3
AL5207 Field Data Management 2
AL5312 Discourse Analysis 3
AL5315 Semantics & Pragmatics 3
AL5316 Theory & Practice of Translation 3
AL5406 Field Methods & Ling Analysis 4
Details

Goals

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

Admissions Requirements

The application process for the MABEL is a dual process. Applicants for the program must apply to both Dallas Seminary and the Dallas International University (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 MA/BEL students should be aware that the requirements for linguistic courses at DIU 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 DIU 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.

Residential Requirements

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 (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.

Academic Procedures

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 62-hours required for the DTS MABEL degree may complete an additional 4 hours from DIU to earn the 37-hour MA in Applied Linguistics at DIU. In addition to the 18 hours taken at DIU as part of the MABEL program, students may transfer 15 hours from the MABEL program to DIU and take an additional 4 hours at DIA, 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 DIU advisor for details.


Stories

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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Finances

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Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year. 

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Doctrine

What we believe

DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.

Bible
the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
Trinity
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
Gavel
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Resurrection
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
Salvation
salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ
Admissions

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps

Start

1. Submit Application

Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.

transcripts

2. Send Transcripts and References

Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.

Committee

3. Committee Evaluation

DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.

Register

4. Register for courses

When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.

Admissions Criteria

Faith

You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.

Character

Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.

Gifting

You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.

Academics

Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.

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