The Old Testament was not composed in a vacuum—it took shape in the rich cultural context of the ancient Near Eastern world. Understanding that context adds depth and new dimensions to your study of theology—and will help you bring new insights to others in your preaching or whatever form of ministry you pursue.
The Ancient Context of the Old Testament emphasis is for students who want to better understand the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament and to learn Hebrew and Aramaic at a level sufficient for advanced exegesis. If you are looking for a well-rounded program that will enable you to thoughtfully synthesize the fields of ancient Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, and theology, this emphasis is for you.
Want to dive even more deeply into ancient languages and literatures? Read about the Ancient Near Eastern Studies emphasis.