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Master of Arts in Theology and Letters

A philological approach to reformed theology

Martin Luther said, “We will not long preserve the gospel without the languages.” The same can be said about the Western tradition. That’s why we’ve developed one of the most unique MA language programs in America, studying Reformed Theology using Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.

A word is the difference between

a lightning bug


a lightning bolt

In other words, language study is crucial. It’s what turns an aspiring theologian from layman to legitimate. Language study, in significant ways, caused the Reformation. The Reformation legacy must continually be renewed—language study is necessary for that renewing task.



God delivered his word in specific languages. By studying these original languages, you develop an organic understanding of the Scriptures and other theological writings. With organic knowledge, you get authentic insights that are unavailable to those without language study.



Theological knowledge is often fragmented thoughts smashed together, and that leads to error. By studying systematic theology, you gain a framework on which to build life-long theological knowledge. Your theology will be organized according to the Bible’s own organization standards. You’ll be a guardian of accuracy for God’s word.



Studying from the reformed perspective, you follow the most sanctified and advanced theological minds in Christian history. Harvesting the best teachings on justification by faith, Sola Scriptura, and the other guiding principles of the Reformation, you’ll be equipped to teach, counsel, translate, and lead with firm knowledge of how God’s grace works in the world.



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Term Year AYear B Year A/B
JerusalemTranslation Theory and the Work of Theology I (2 credits)Reformed Systematics I (2 credits)M.A. Thesis Project (4 credits)
NiceaTranslation Theory and the Work of Theology II (2 credits)Reformed Systematics II (2 credits)Year-long Wenden House Translation Projects and Assigned Readings (4 Credits)
ChalcedonTranslation Theory and the Work of Theology III (2 credits)Reformed Systematics III (2 credits)
WestminsterTranslation Theory and the Work of Theology IV (2 credits)Reformed Systematics IV (2 credits)
The New Testament’s

Two-Faced Abraham

How is it that Paul and James in the New Testament can read the story of Abraham, and come to seemingly incongruent conclusions? Paul finds clear evidence of justification by faith and James sees an exhortation to do good works.

Hebrew expert Dr. Edwards investigates the story of Abraham, finding evidence for both Paul and James. It’s something most of us miss. The webinar is over but you can watch the recording here.

The Cure for a

Reader’s Illiteracy

While many of us can read, we remain illiterate. As Dr. Edwards explains, our “sloth and vanity” keep us from actually comprehending what our eyes scan. Here, he explains what keeps us from reading well and tells us how to fix illiteracy.

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