Michael Morales serves as Dean of Admissions and Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Great Works in the Undergraduate Program and Certificate Program at Ligonier Academy. Some of our readers may not be familiar with Michael’s work, so we thought we would take a moment to introduce him and his work at Ligonier Academy to you. Michael Dewalt has recently interviewed Michael about the Undergratuate Program at the Ligonier Academy. You can find other helpful questions and answers here. If you have not taken the time to consider Ligonier Academy for yourself, your friends or your children, please take a moment to read this interview and the school catalogue.
Michael, as an introduction to this interview, would you be open to include a brief explanation of the subject upon which you are doing yourÂ Ph.D.? I believe that you can discover something of what you can learn from a Professor by the subject of the dissertation he worked on; and I’d love to introduce you, and your work, to our readers?
I love the Scriptures and am particularly fascinated with Hebrew narrative. MyÂ dissertation, supervised by Gordon J. Wenham (Trinity College, Bristol U.K.), developsÂ and examines the pattern of going through the waters to the mountain of God forÂ worship in the Pentateuch (in the Creation, Deluge, and Sea Crossing narratives). TheÂ thesis had begun as a study of Old Testament â€œbaptismâ€ (the first part of the pattern justÂ mentioned) but has now developed into something of a narrative theology on worship.Â Readers can get something of a â€œtasteâ€ of the topic in a series of three blog-posts,Â with a fourth to come, on Ligonierâ€™s website under the title â€œWhoÂ Shall Ascend the Mountain of the LORD?â€ The mountain of God motif (also knownÂ as â€œcosmic mountain ideologyâ€) is pervasive in biblical literature as well as in theÂ ancient Near East in general, and served as the archetype for temples. I am also tryingÂ to demonstrate, then, that these early narratives in Genesis prefigured the tabernacleÂ cultusâ€”demonstrating its logic and necessity (a point which accords well, incidentally,Â with the wilderness generationâ€™s being the original audience). By Godâ€™s grace, Iâ€™d likeÂ eventually to develop this work into a complete biblical theology.
The Academy offers two four-year Bachelor of Arts and one two-year Associate of Arts:
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studiesâ€”focuses on the history and background of Scripture, the theology of Paul, and the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.
Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studiesâ€”focuses on the history of theology, philosophy, and apologetics, and on the historic ecclesiastical language of Latin.
Associate of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studiesâ€”offers a foundation in Scripture and theology.