Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies

Objective: This major provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in the interpretation of the Bible, including the development of beginning skills in the biblical languages. This major complements other programs offered in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, and the University at large. Although most programs within the Department of Philosophy and Religion are related to vocational forms of ministry, this particular major may be taken by persons with either vocational or personal interests and goals.

Graduates of the Biblical Studies major with ministerial standing will demonstrate the following program outcomes:

  1. Students will know and be able to describe the overarching narrative of the Bible, the central contents and purposes of its major canonical divisions, and the relationship between the two Testaments.
  2. Students will be able to explain and illustrate the phenomenon of intertextuality and the relevance of the literary and historical context of the various parts of the Bible.
  3. Students will be able to state and discuss coherently the principles and issues of biblical hermeneutics and to compare and contrast the results of biblical interpretation with the central data of the other theological disciplines, including church history, systematic theology, and ethics.
  4. Students will be able to interpret biblical texts, employing appropriate critical methods and demonstrating some competence in translating the original languages of the Bible.
  5. Students will be able to analyze the unity and diversity of the various biblical traditions and construct biblical theologies that are faithful to the entire Bible.
  6. Students will relate Scripture to life situations, particularly in the context of the church (in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, discipleship, and the practice of ministry), but also in relation to the contemporary cultural context outside the church.
  7. Students will be able to locate themselves clearly within the spectrum of biblical scholarship and be able to discuss and differentiate their commitments with others in a civil manner.
  8. Students will display and be able to defend the value they assign the Bible, demonstrating how it informs and forms their personal religious identity, spirituality, character, and values.
  9. Students will be able to justify the Bible's relevance to their vocational plans, formulating practices consistent with their commitment to Scripture in their chosen field of ministry.

Requirements: 40 core credits and 21 foundational credits, which also meet general education requirements.

Foundational Courses: These courses from the general education offerings are required as foundational to the major:

BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Core Courses:
Choose two of the following:
     BIBL4410. History of Ancient Israel (2)
     BIBL4420. Hebrew Prophets (2)
     4000-level course in Hebrew exegesis (2)

Choose two of the following:
     BIBL4250. Parables of Jesus (2)
     BIBL4310. Luke and Acts (2)
     BIBL4330. Pauline Epistles (2)
     4000-level course in Greek exegesis (2)

GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek I (3)
GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (3)
HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew I (3)
HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)
CHIS3610. History of the Christian Tradition I (3)
PHIL3010. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
THEO4530. Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4540. Christian Theology II (3)

Additional 8 credits in 4000-level courses in biblical literature (BIBL), Greek exegesis (GREK), Hebrew exegesis (HEBR), and/or religious studies (REST) (8)

Nazarene students with this major who wish to be part of the Ministerial Scholarship program must also take one of the following minors: Children's Ministry, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry.

Students who wish to fulfill the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene must also satisfactorily complete the following:

CHED1810. Christian Discipleship (3)
CHIS3410. History and Manual, Church of the Nazarene (2)
CHIS3620. History of the Christian Tradition II (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH1710. Exploring Vocation and Call (1)
PRTH2400. Introduction to Christian Missions (3)
PRTH2960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH2960L. Personal Development Lab (0)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation (2)
PRTH3220. Worship Theory and Development (2)
PRTH3710. Preaching (3)
PRTH3960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH4710. Missional Growth and Health (2)
PRTH4820. Pastoral Leadership (3)
PRTH4960. Internship in Ministry (3)
THEO3590. Theology of the Church (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
Ministerial Standing (Senior year)