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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Christians consider the Bible to be God’s revealed word and the ultimate authority for their lives and faith. In fact, the Bible is one of the world’s most-read books, with about 3.9 billion copies sold over the past 50 years. As a future ministry leader, an important aspect of your job is being able to properly interpretThe BA in Biblical Studies fulfills the academic requirements for ordination in the Assemblies of God. and explain Scripture — which is where our Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies comes in. The biblical studies degree program is designed for future ministry leaders who want to either move directly into a ministry role or pursue advanced graduate study. You’ll engage various theological disciplines from a Pentecostal perspective, learn to interact critically with affirming and opposing theoretical constructs, and discover how to preach expository sermons in a clear and relevant way. In addition to your core studies, you’ll also earn a minor in biblical languages, with a focus on Greek or Hebrew, and a secondary minor in a field of your choosing.

Enhance your effectiveness as a future ministry leader with in-depth training in interpreting Scripture and biblical languages.

Program Details

36 hours of major core
18 hours of a biblical languages minor
18 hours of a secondary minor
55 hours of general education

Total credit hours — 127

Sample Core Courses

  • Biblical Hermeneutics (BIBL 2623) — A course designed to familiarize the student with the science of interpretation as related to the biblical text. Emphasis is placed on the principles of exegesis, particularly the interpretation of scripture in light of its historical, grammatical and theological content.
  • Homiletics I (PMIN 3133) — An intermediate course dealing with sermon construction. The course covers the significance of preaching, the use of Scripture, intention, sermon structure, logical movement of main ideas, illustrations, introductions, conclusion, picturesque language, variety and types of sermons. The overall approach uses expository methods for either narrative passages or topics. This course requires careful study of and reflection on the appropriate biblical texts.
  • I and II Corinthians (BINT 3833) — An analysis and exposition of I and II Corinthians, stressing the historical background with special exegetical treatment of I Corinthians 12–14.
  • Greek I (LANG 1544) — Basic grammar and crucial vocabulary preparatory to advanced grammar and syntactical patterns in the Greek New Testament.

Major Core

Homiletics I

History of Biblical Interpretation

Faith Integration Capstone Seminar

Choose one:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Principles of Ethics
  • The Bible and Ethics

Choose one:

  • World Religions
  • History of Missions

Choose one:

  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel
  • Minor Prophets

Choose one:

  • Pentateuch
  • Old Testament History
  • Historical Geography and Archeology of Israel
  • Genesis
  • Deuteronomy

Choose one:

  • Hebrew Poetry
  • Hebrew Wisdom Literature
  • Psalms

Choose one:

  • Luke-Acts
  • Johannine Literature
  • Life of Christ
  • Mark

Choose two:

  • Pauline Literature
  • Pastoral Epistles
  • I and II Corinthians
  • General Epistles
  • Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Revelation

Choose one:

  • Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian Apocalyptic Literature
  • Use of the OT in the NT

Biblical Languages Minor

In lieu of Greek, students may take Hebrew, and in lieu of the third year, students may take year one of the other biblical language.

Greek I A and B

Greek II A and B

Greek III A and B

Religion Core

Christ, Culture and the University

New Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey

Biblical Hermeneutics

Theology of God and Humanity

Theology of Salvation, the Church and Eschatology

Lead pastor

Associate pastor

Youth pastor

Children’s pastor

Bible study leader

Educator

Missionary