Online MA in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins (AJCO)

Program Highlights
  • Three year degree: 36 credit program (48 with 12 credits of Modern Hebrew)
  • Fully online: Except 10-14 day annual residencies abroad
  • Cohort model: Build long-lasting relationships with professors and up to 20 students in your cohort
  • Starts each Fall: Complete in 3 years
  • Launching: Fall 2016
Benefits of the Online AJCO Degree
  • Engage in aspects of language, history, religious though, and material culture for both Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity
  • Challenge your heart and mind to engage the world of the Bible, to hear more clearly the message of Scripture.  No other academic program affords students such a rich opportunity to study Jesus and the world in which he lived.
  • Develop skills in the translation of biblical language and text, advanced academic research methods, and writing.
  • Gain access to leading scholars in their respective fields of discipline (i.e. archaeology, cultural history, and biblical literature)
  • Prepare for further academic, professional or ministerial endeavors by providing them with the skills and information needed for reading the New Testament.
  • Fit into your busy lifestyle undergraduate level courses from the comforts of your own home or while traveling
General Prerequisites
  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  2. Successful completion of the proficiency exam in Biblical Hebrew
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, candidates are expected to have:

  • Built a historical and geographical framework for interpreting the history and literature of the period.
  • Gained an understanding of the formation, content, and critical questions related to ancient Jewish literature and the New Testament.
  • Traced the history of biblical interpretation in the Second Jewish Commonwealth and nascent Christianity and to understand recent critical approaches to the literature that preserves it.
Core Values
  • Academic Excellence: Students will gain a solid foundation in ancient Judaism and Christian origins.  Students will be challenged to become analytical and critical thinkers.
  • Globally Engaging and Intentionally Diverse: Students will gain an understanding of the cultures and languages of ancient Israel and its implications for ancient Judaism and Christian origins.  Moreover, the students’ acquisition of Modern Hebrew will also introduce them to the varieties of thought among Israeli scholars.
  • Personally Transforming: Students will develop the skills to communicate professionally in oral and written form.  In addition, students will gain the skills to function as life-long learners.
  • Socially Relevant: Students will know and understand how these ancient communities read and applied their sacred writings to address the complexities of the human experience in the ancient world.