Core: Bible Courses

All Biola students take 30 credits of biblical studies. These classes will challenge you to examine and enhance your personal faith and will train you to integrate Christianity with your future career. While most students take only the 30 credits and receive a minor in biblical studies, some pursue a B.A. in biblical and theological studies as a major.

Foundation Courses

Code Course Units Description
BBST 103 The Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation 3 Equips to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual and character formation.
BBST 165 Foundations of Christian Thought 3 Introduction to theology with emphasis on our Christian heritage, the doctrine of Scripture, and Christian worldview.
BBST 209 Old Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events.
BBST 210 New Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events.

Intermediate Courses

Code Course Units Description
BBST 251 Theology I 3 The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
BBST 354 Theology II 3 The biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and end times with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

Select only one of the following courses:

BBST 306 Early Christian History: Acts 3 Study of the book of Acts from a missiological perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions.
BBST 316 Gospel of John 3 Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of the Gospel of John.
BBST 326 Lukan Writings 3 An exegetical examination of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts that focuses on evangelism and missions to encourage the ability to articulate the gospel and to formulate a growing personal vision for missions. This expositional study also encourages students to reflect upon the unity and diversity within the community of the Christian church and to be prepared to interact on behalf of the gospel in a diverse world.

Elective Courses

Code Course Units
BBST 300/400 Level Bible Elective 3
BBST 365 Bible Theology & Integration 3
BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3

Elective Course Options

311 Biblical Backgrounds – Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation.

312 Principles of Interpretation – Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and present era with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method.

320 Inductive Bible Study – Inductive method applied to selected biblical texts.

330 Jesus' Life and Ministry – Chronological study of the gospels as well as a look at the historical, cultural, and theological factors aiding the interpretation of the events and teachings.

341 Pauline Literature – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Paul's writings.

342 Johannine Literature – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of John's writings.

343 General Letters – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of non-Pauline letters.

360 Pentateuch – Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure, and content.

380 Wisdom and Poetic Literature – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of Job through Song of Solomon.

391 Major Prophets – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of the major prophets.

392 Minor Prophets – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of the minor prophets.

411 New Testament Theology – Method, practice, and history with emphasis on selected writers or themes.

412 Old Testament Theology – Method, practice, and history with emphasis on selected writers or themes.

430 Advanced Study: New Testament – Selected books or themes from the New Testament are studied by independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

440 Advanced Study: Old Testament – Selected books or themes from the Old Testament are studied by independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

450 Advanced Study: Christian Thought – A variety of topics offered including selected texts or topics from both testaments. Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

455 Pauline Theology: Romans – Study of Paul's theology and world-view as contained in the book of Romans.

458 Theology of Mission – Study of God's redemptive acts in Scripture on behalf of mankind, with application to the mission of the church today.

465 Integration Seminar – Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and literature that deal with a variety of topics that are offered. Each topic is integrated with Biblical truth.

480 Directed Research – Guided independent reading, research, and preparation of a formal paper or project done in consultation with a selected professor.

490 Practicum – Supervised experience in teaching biblical studies. Includes course preparation, observation, and evaluation.