Courses

Core Courses

BBST 103 Biblical interpretation & Spiritual Formation

Units
3
Course Description
Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Must be completed during the first year.

BBST 105 Foundations of Christian thought

Units
3
Course Description
Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, the doctrine of scripture, introduction to the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and the importance and development of a Christian world view. Must be completed during the first year.

BBST 109 Old Testament History & Literature

Units
3
Course Description
An overview of the old testament with emphases on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, together with practical application for Christian living. Fall and spring semesters only.

BBST 110 New Testament History & Literature

Units
3
Course Description
An overview of the new testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; historical and cultural background; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons involved; together with practical application to Christian living.

BBST 150 Old Testament Survey

Units
3
Course Description
An overview of the old testament focusing on book outlines, key themes, persons and events in biblical history, along with personal application. BOLD students only.

BBST 251 Theology I

Units
3
Course Description
The Biblical doctrines of god, Christ, man, and sin, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. Prerequisites: 103, 105.

BBST 254 Theology II

Units
3
Course Description
The Biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy spirit, the church, and last things, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. a service learning component is incorporated into this class. Prerequisites: 103, 105.

BBST 306 Early Christian History–Acts

Units
3
Course Description
Study of the Book of acts from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110.

BBST 307 Missiological Principles in the Book of Acts

Units
1
Course Description
A look at mission issues in the book of acts, through the lens of biblical, historical, cultural and strategic studies with an emphasis on contemporary international Christianity. required for students missing this emphasis in their study of Acts.

Electives

BBST 220 Guided Study

Units
1–3
Course Description
For those needing units to complete their Bible requirement. reading with written reports on biblical and/or theological subjects. Prerequisite: consent of undergraduate Biblical & theological studies chair. BOLD students only or by permission.

BBST 301 Biblical Studies Research Seminar

Units
3
Course Description
Research skills for use of the internet, library and reference works in biblical studies and theology. Methods of writing with emphasis on critical thinking, persuasion, and evaluation are covered, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. required of Bible majors. Bible Majors only. Must be taken within the first two years at Biola.

BBST 311 Biblical Backgrounds

Units
3
Course Description
Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation. May include abroad-study in lands of the biblical world. Bible majors only.

BBST 312 Principles of Interpretation

Units
3
Course Description
Methods and principles for interpreting scripture throughout church history and the present era. theory is applied to texts with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method. Prerequisites: 103, 105.

BBST 320 Inductive Bible Study

Units
3
Course Description
Essentials of inductive Bible study will be applied to old and new testament genres of literature in order to equip the student with skills for observation, interpretation, application, and edification. Cross-listed: CEED320. Prerequisites: 103, 105.

BBST 330 Jesus’ Life & Ministry

Units
3
Course Description
Chronological study of the gospels, similarities and differences between the writers, as well as the historical, cultural and theological factors aiding in interpreting events and teachings. Prerequisite: 110.

BBST 340 Guided Study

Units
3
Course Description
In-depth study of a specific book or books of the Bible including written report on the relevance of the book to the student’s life. Course offered to fulfill BOLD program requirement. Prerequisite: consent of the Biblical & Theological studies department.

BBST 341 Pauline Literature

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Paul’s writings. May focus on a smaller unit such as Prison or Pastoral letters. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110.

BBST 342 Johannine Literature

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of John’s writings. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110.

BBST 343 General Letters

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of non-Pauline letters. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110.

BBST 360 Pentateuch

Units
3
Course Description
Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 371 Early History of Israel

Units
3
Course Description
Conquest through the establishment of David’s kingdom, focusing on historical, cultural and theological issues that aid in interpreting events and texts. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 372 Later History of Israel

Units
3
Course Description
Kings and prophets from solomon through the return from exile, emphasizing historical, cultural and theological issues that aid in interpreting events and texts. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 380 Wisdom & Poetic Literature

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, date of writing, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Job through song of songs. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 391 Major Prophets

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, date of writing, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 392 Minor Prophets

Units
3
Course Description
Authorship, date of writing, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

Advanced Study Electives

BBST 411 New Testament Theology

Units
3
Course Description
Method, practice and history of the discipline. May emphasize selected writers or themes. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110, 251, 254. Bible majors only.

BBST 412 Old Testament Theology

Units
3
Course Description
Method, practice and history of the discipline. May emphasize selected writers, themes or eras. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109, 251, 254. Bible majors only.

BBST 430 Advanced Study: New Testament

Units
1–3
Course Description
Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six units counted toward graduation. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110.

BBST 440 Advanced Study: Old Testament

Units
1–3
Course Description
Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six units counted toward graduation. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109.

BBST 450 Advanced Study: Systematic Theology

Units
1–3
Course Description
Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics from either or both testaments, thematically arranged to emphasize biblical, historical and/or systematic theology. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six units counted toward graduation. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 251, 254.

BBST 455 Pauline Theology–Romans

Units
3
Course Description
Study of Paul’s theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 110, 251, 254. Bible majors only.

BBST 458 Theology of Mission

Units
3
Course Description
Study of God’s redemptive acts in scripture in behalf of mankind, with application to the mission of the church today. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109, 110, 251, 254, 306.

BBST 465 Integration Seminar

Units
3
Course Description
Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be “integrated” with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six units counted toward graduation. Prerequisites: 103, 105, 109, 110, 251, 254 or consent of the instructor.

BBST 480 Directed Research

Units
1–3
Course Description
Guided independent reading, research, problem-solving and preparation of a formal paper or project done in consultation with a selected professor. May be repeated with different content for a combined total of six units of 480 and 490 counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

BBST 490 Practicum

Units
1–3
Course Description
Supervised experience in teaching biblical studies. Includes course preparation, observation and evaluation. May be repeated with different content for a combined total of six units of 480 and 490 counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.