Wheaton College

M.A. in Biblical Archeology


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501 College Ave.

Wheaton, IL 60187

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Biblical Archeology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.A. in Biblical Archaeology at Wheaton College investigates the world of the Bible through the recovery and study of ancient sources in order to better understand Scripture.

Extraordinary Academic Opportunities 
Students in Wheaton’s program are able to participate in original archaeological research at the highest levels as part of the excavations at Tel Shimron. 

The project is led by Wheaton Professor Daniel M. Master, and it brings together scholars from all over the world to excavate the site of Tel Shimron, the largest site in Israel’s strategic Jezreel Valley. Research at the site began in 2016, and the team has already investigated a series of ancient cities dating from the Middle Bronze Age through the medieval period. This project offers students unrivaled opportunities, not only to develop as field archaeologists, but to interact with a team of world-class scientists who bring expertise in all aspects of modern interdisciplinary archaeological research. Long term support for the Tel Shimron excavations comes from the Museum of the Bible.

In addition, students in the program have access to the Wheaton archaeology museum and laboratory. This facility houses over twenty thousand objects for study and also serves as a center for work on the publication of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, an excavation directed by Dr. Master from 2007-2016.

The Old Testament and Its World
Biblical Archaeology seeks to understand the world of the Bible through rigorous study of ancient artifacts and texts in order to better understand the Old Testament. Students in the Biblical Archaeology M.A. at Wheaton College will excavate and work with ancient artifacts, study and traverse the geography of the Old Testament world, learn Biblical Hebrew, and take courses in Biblical Studies. A degree in Biblical Archaeology prepares students for ministerial work and teaching in local churches or for further academic studies in related fields, such as Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Pastoral Studies, or Biblical Studies.

Intepreting the Bible Through Archaeology 
It has long been recognized that archaeology is an indispensable tool for interpreting the Bible because it provides cultural, historical, social, religious, and linguistic information that sheds light on the context of biblical passages. The program offers a concentration in Old Testament and Near Eastern Studies and emphasizes four areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Biblical Geography
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies

The Summer Dig

The program begins with participation six week dig in Tel Shimron. 2017 marks the first time Tel Shimron has ever been excavated.

The dig is lead by Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Co-Director of Tel Shimron Excavations, Dr. Daniel Master. Dr. Master has worked at Ashkelon each summer since 1992 with Dr. Lawrence Stager of Harvard University and just this year began his work at Tel Shimron.

The first fall semester is then taken in Israel at Jerusalem University College, and the remaining work is completed at Wheaton.

Program Prerequisites 
Admission to the program does not require a specific undergraduate major. Students must, however, demonstrate:

  • a basic knowledge of Bible content and historical periods of the Old or New Testament; and
  • prerequisite competency in Hebrew.
  • Competency is defined as passing a competency exam or taking HEBR 301,(or BL 610 at JUC), 302, and 401. These language prerequisites do not count toward the completion of degree requirements, but students may take the languages concurrently with the program.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 54

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large Suburb

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