The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies with degree majors in the Old Testament or the New Testament is to equip students for creative scholarship, independent research, and effective biblical teaching and ministry. The program is specifically oriented toward preparing students for teaching theological courses in universities and seminaries; for teaching in related academic fields at the college level; for specialized biblical teaching and leadership in the church; and for scholarly writing. This Biblical Studies program should equip students with the aptitude necessary to bring critical skills to the biblical text; to analyze, interpret, and explain the text; and to express insights and conclusions in scholarly writing.