History and Culture of Ancient Near East
Know and be able to interpret the significant events and developments in the history and cultures of the ancient Near East, including the history and culture of ancient Israel in its Near Eastern context.
Ancient Text Interpretation
Be able to interpret major ancient Near East texts, including the Bible, and analyze their significance for understanding the cultures in which they were produced.
Acquire and demonstrate functional capacity in the languages and textual interpretation of the Greek New Testament, being able to read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret these significant religious and historical texts with methodological soundness.
Develop the capacity for informed, independent, critical thinking and be able to perform appropriate library and online research utilized in the professional study of the ancient Near East.
Be able to write concise as well as more substantial research papers that utilize approaches from the Social Sciences and Humanities and that integrate language and interpretive skills to analyze ancient Near Eastern topics.
Have considered and received affirmation concerning the significance of integrity in their academic and professional pursuits.
Academics and Faith
Have considered and received affirmation concerning the relationship between academics and faith, and will have been encouraged to engage in a spiritually informed, lifelong pursuit of learning, scholarship, and service.