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The Septuagint is the earliest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible and the first major work of religious translation in history. It provides us with a significant window into the Jewish understanding of the Scriptures in the three centuries before the time of Jesus. Furthermore, it was the version of the Old Testament studied by the Church as it spread throughout the Graeco-Roman world and became distinguished from Judaism. The majority of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament are from this Greek translation. So the Septuagint functions as a unique bridge between Judaism and Christianity in relation to the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, and it serves as the basic canon of the Old Testament for early patristic exegesis.
The John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies is one of the foremost research institutions on the Greek Old Testament in the world, with the mission to promote research on the Septuagint — the Old Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures and the Bible of many early Christians including the authors of the New Testament — with a particular focus on hermeneutical issues related to this biblical version. By studying at ACTS, you have the opportunity to work with world-class researchers to engage the earliest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. These texts provide unique insight into the world in which Jesus lived and in which the early church grew.
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Master of Arts - Christian Studies
Deepen your overall understanding of the scriptures, theology, personal spiritual formation and ministry skills to live out the gospel in all areas of life.
Master of Theological Studies
Equips you with expanded knowledge in a biblical or theological specialization for academic ministry or doctoral studies.
Master of Theology
Designed for those who have already completed a graduate theological degree and want to deepen their knowledge and mastery of a specific area of biblical or theological studies.
ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A completed bachelor degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite.
Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the application form at http://apply.twu.ca
Step3 - submit your references and transcripts
The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.