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Bachelor of Arts

Biblical Studies

Academic scholars, theologians, thought‐leaders, and Christian writers –begin your journey at Jessup.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies provides students with a strong biblical foundation for viewing all of life through the lens of the biblical redemption storyline. Students develop skills that enable them to understand the core linguistic, literary, historical, and cultural contexts of the Bible. This degree provides strong curriculum for students seeking to be thought‐leaders in church and society. The degree may be taken by those planning a teaching career in Christian schools, colleges, and universities; students preparing for pastoral and teaching ministries in the church; or those already in the pastorate. Graduates with this degree will be on track for careers in academic scholarship, as theologians and thought‐leaders within the church, and as Christian writers.

Program Details

Archaeology Specialization (will require 12 of the elective units in the degree program)
ARCH100 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ARCH210 Archaeology of the Hebrew Bible (3)
ARCH220 Archaeology of the New Testament (3)
ARCH475 Bible and Field Archaeology (3)

BIBL101 Old Testament Foundations

This course introduces the literature of the Old Testament and the history of the Jewish people through the post‐Exilic period. It provides a survey of the three major categories of the Old Testament—the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings—and emphasizes the connections with the New Testament and the relevance of the revelation for today.

3 units

BIBL104 New Testament Foundations

This course provides a survey of the New Testament from Matthew through Revelation. It analyzes the historical background, content, and theology of each book, and integrates the background and message of each book with the rest of the New Testament.

3 units

BIBL349 Hermeneutics

A study of the principles whereby we understand, explain, apply, and live God’s word. Provides an understanding of how the Bible came to be and introduces the basic principles and skills required to interpret it accurately. The emphasis will be on the understanding and application of scripture to today’s world with the rest of the New Testament.

3 units

THEO451 Christian Theology

An interactive study of the great doctrines of the Christian faith, helping students to form and articulate a biblical faith that speaks to the world today. The course places emphasis not only on clarifying the doctrines themselves but explores how each one informs our ethical existence, our lives, and ministries in the world. Integration of thought, critical thinking, and application to life will be emphasized.

3 units

Lower Division Bible Elective

3 units

Upper Division Bible Elective

3 units

Language Requirement

BLG215a Greek 1 (3)
BLG215a Greek 1 (3)
BLG215b Greek 2 (3)
BLG316 Greek 3 (3)
BLG317 Greek 4 (3)

OR

BLG225a Hebrew 1 (3)
BLG225b Hebrew 2 (3)
BLG325 Hebrew 3 (3)
BLG326 Hebrew 4 (3)

3 units

BIBL211 Biblical World: Hebrew Bible

This course acquaints students with aspects of daily life in the world of ancient Israel, primarily through the study of its geographical, historical, and cultural contexts. It also prepares students to identify how context influences and illuminates the text and events of the Hebrew Bible.

3 units

BIBL212 Biblical World: New Testament

This course acquaints students with aspects of daily life in the first century Greco‐Roman world, primarily through the study of its geographical, historical, and cultural contexts. This course prepares students to interpret how context influences and illuminates the text and events of the New Testament

3 units

BIBL480 Bible and Spiritual Formation

Students will explore biblical principles and practices related to spiritual formation and apply them to classical and contemporary contemplative readings of Scripture. Students will also develop a personalized vision for their own formation so that the whole person (both body and soul) will be prepared for a life of knowing Christ and making Him known.

3 units

BIBL490 Advanced Biblical Studies Seminar

An integrative seminar for Biblical Studies and Theology majors to be taken in the senior year. It will draw upon hermeneutical, exegetical, and theological tools to address current issues critical to Christian faith and practice.

3 units

BIBL498 Biblical Studies Capstone

The capstone experience for the biblical and theological studies major is designed to help students synthesize and integrate all that has been learned in his or her educational journey. The class leads the student through developing a major thesis based in exegesis of Scripture, discussions, research, and writing, leading to a final project presented and defended before the faculty and fellow students.

3 units

THEO340 Theology of the Hebrew Bible

Students will examine and evaluate the distinctive theological themes of the Hebrew Bible, such as creation, covenant, liberation, theodicy, and law. The course provides a critical analysis of these major theological developments and reviews some key historical and contemporary Hebrew Bible theologians and their contributions to the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.

3 units

THEO360 Theology of the New Testament

Students will examine and evaluate the distinctive theological themes of the New Testament, such as grace, atonement, eschatology, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. The course provides a critical analysis of these major theological developments and reviews some key historical and contemporary New Testament theologians and their contributions to the interpretation of the New Testament.

3 units
  • Identify the core elements of the biblical storyline and explain how the individual parts contribute to and develop the storyline, and vice versa.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in one of the biblical languages (Greek or Hebrew).
  • Exegete Scripture contextually and meaningfully.
  • Synthesize biblical studies with their own personal spiritual formation.
  • Articulate the importance and relevance of strong thought-leadership for cultural change.
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Pastor-Teacher
  • Theologians and Thought Leaders
  • Christian Writer
  • University-level Faculty
  • Christian School Teacher
  • Bible Translation
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Offerings

Bachelor of Arts

BA in Biblical Studies

Concentrations

Specializations in Archaeology

Minor

Bible Minor

Associates

Associates in Bible

Associates in Ministry

Program Advisor

David Timms, Ph.D.

Dean, Faculty of Theology / School of Christian Leadership
Professor, New Testament

Faculty & Staff

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Faculty of Theology | Associate Professor, Hebrew Bible and Archaeology

Daniel Gluck, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty, Christian Leadership

David Timms, Ph.D.

Dean, Faculty of Theology / School of Christian Leadership Professor, New Testament

Elizabeth H. P. Backfish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible

Fritz Moga, MA

Associate Professor, Youth Ministry

Jim Crain, MDiv

Associate Professor, New Testament

Matthew Godshall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biblical Studies and Theology | Lead Faculty, New Testament and Theology

Mark Moore

Archaeology Trip

Archaeology Trip

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