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

and

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.


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Degree Calendar

Term Year A Year B Year A/B
Jerusalem Translation Theory and the Work of Theology I (2 credits) Reformed Systematics I (2 credits) M.A. Thesis Project (4 credits)
Nicea Translation 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)
Chalcedon Translation Theory and the Work of Theology III (2 credits) Reformed Systematics III (2 credits)
Westminster Translation Theory and the Work of Theology IV (2 credits) Reformed Systematics IV (2 credits)

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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. Join us on October 21 to see how the Hebrew language, careful reading, and an expert teacher can help us to solve theological riddles.

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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Talk to Your Admissions Advisor: Jacob Rush

Recruitment Counselor at New Saint Andrews College

jrush@nsa.edu

Raised in Sherman, TX, Jacob braved the midwest tundra to receive his BA at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. He moved to Moscow in 2018 to pursue his MA at New Saint Andrews and pastoral training through Greyfriar’s Hall. He joined the team in 2019 and now spends his days calling students, writing and editing emails, and staring mysteriously out of the window like a sailor. His favorite Moscow spots include Tapped Taphouse and Kitchen, where he worked as a server, and Bucer’s Coffeehouse, where you can frequently find him “studying” amongst a swarm of New Saint Andrews students.

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Philological Study

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.

Systematic Foundation

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.

Reformed Perspective

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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