Jessup University’s Center for Bible Study provides high-quality, accessible Bible education for all.
Learn to read the Bible in its historical context with pastoral sensitivity to the most pressing issues of our day. Our teachers are biblical scholars who are deeply committed to the life of the local Church.
We’ll even come to you! If you’re interested in hosting, we can facilitate seminars and classes at local churches in the greater Sacramento area.
All classes are available on campus and online via Zoom. If the timing of a class doesn’t fit your schedule, no problem! All CBS classes are recorded, so you can participate remotely any time.
Join our upcoming course
Following Jesus to the Cross
A four-week hybrid class taught by Dr. Max Botner
Class sessions: March 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th.
Location: In-person at Jessup University (Crossroads 100) and online via Zoom.
This Lenten season, the Center for Bible Study is pleased to offer a four-week class on the Gospel According to Mark. The narrative and theological center of Mark’s Gospel is the claim that Jesus is the crucified messiah, a confession that requires an entirely new way of being in the world: the cross as a way of life; or, as Luther put it, crux sola est nostra theologia (“the cross alone is our theology”).
Come join us as we prepare for Easter by following Jesus to the cross. His journey is our transformation.
The class is oriented around the following four themes:
- The cross and the kingdom of God.
- The cross and Christian discipleship.
- The cross and Christian theology.
- The cross and Christian spirituality.
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Meet our Faculty
Dr. Max Botner (Director)
Dr. Max Botner has served as a lecturer and researcher in the US, UK, and Germany. His primary research interests include Jewish exegetical practices, ancient messianism and early Christology, and early Jewish and Christian sacrificial theologies. Above all, he is passionate about training students, clergy, and lay leaders to know and embody the biblical story. Currently, Max serves as Associate Professor for the School of Theology & Leadership at Jessup.
Max and his wife Jessica are Northern California natives and Jessup alumni. They have four children and currently reside in Lincoln, CA.
Rev. Peter Rodgers (Founder)
Rev. Peter Rodgers holds degrees from Hobart College, General Theological Seminary, and Oxford University. He has served as Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and as Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Antelope, CA.
Rev. Rodgers is a seasoned New Testament textual critic and a passionate advocate for biblical studies in the local Church. He founded CBS over a decade ago “to encourage people to be involved in the study of the Scriptures with others in the life of the Church and to raise up leaders to facilitate Bible study in their churches.”
“ Max Botner is one of the bright lights of the new generation of biblical scholars. He is well equipped to bring encouragement and challenge through fresh biblical ideas, carefully researched and clearly expressed.”
Rt. Rev. N.T. WrightFormer Bishop of Durham; Emeritus Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews; Senior Research Fellow, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
“I am a better Theologian, Pastor, and Teacher because of the time I spent with Dr. Max Botner!”
Dwight L. Gutridge, MABSPresiding Elder of the New Rising Western Michigan District, Pastor of Saint Luke A.M.E. Zion Church (The House of Healing)
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