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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 biblical and theological studies as a major.

Foundation Courses

Code Course Units Description
BBST 103 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 Upper-Division Bible Elective 3
BBST 365 Bible Theology and Integration 3
BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3

Elective Course Options

301 Biblical Studies Research Seminar — 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.

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 Methods of Bible Study — Inductive method applied to selected biblical texts.

321 Historical Theology — Historical survey of people and movements which have shaped the faith of the Christian Church from post-biblical times to the present.

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.

340 Guided Study — 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.

341 Life and Letters of Paul — Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Paul's writings set in the context of Paul's life and mission.

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

344 I Corinthians — An in-depth analysis of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, emphasizing the historical and cultural background of the letter, its author, and its recipients; the theology of the letter; and the relationship between theology and ethics in Paul's instructions to the church.

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

371 Early History of Israel — Selected biblical books or topics from the period of the conquest through the establishment of David's kingdom, focusing on historical, cultural and theological issues that aid in interpreting events and texts.

372 Later History of Israel — Selected biblical books or topics from the period of the kings and prophets from Solomon through the return from exile, emphasizing historical, cultural and theological issues that aid in interpreting events and texts.

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

381 Selected Psalms — A study of the book of Psalms with a view toward understanding its purposes and appropriate uses.

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.

394 Daniel — An exegetical, theological, and expositional study of the Old Testament book of Daniel covering introductory matters, historical and cultural backdrops, literary structure, the big idea and key themes of each major section, and how to teach Daniel in a church context.

414 Systematic Theology Seminar — Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse.

430 Advanced Study: New Testament — Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics.

440 Advanced Study: Old Testament — Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics.

450 Advanced Study: Systematic Theology — 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.

451 Character of God — A biblical and theological exploration of God's character. Attention is given to the biblical basis for our understanding of who God is and the implications this has for our daily lives.

452 Theology of Marriage and Family — An advanced seminar on the theology of marriage and family. Attention is given to the biblical and theological underpinnings of our understanding of marriage and family, with an additional focus on the practical implications this has on our daily lives.

453 Theology of Gender — A biblical and theological analysis of the contemporary evangelical gender debate by examining its history, most important contributors, divergent evangelical views, and key biblical texts.

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.

471 The Apostolic Fathers — Students will read and discuss the earliest Christian documents composed after the apostolic age, spanning the years A.D. 95–160.

475 Puritan Theology — Traces the history of Protestant spiritual formation from Martin Luther and John Calvin to the English Puritans and acquaints students with the history, theology, and theological influences of relevant theologians.

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

481 New Testament Use of the Old Testament — A consideration of the issues raised by the use of the OT in the NT. Special attention is given to the hermeneutical presuppositions and exegetical methods employed by the NT writers as they appropriate the OT scriptures, and to the theological implications that arise from their use.

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