The Bible classes that I've been taking at Biola have been legit. They've helped me understand what’s going on in different books of the Bible, dive deeper, and apply it to my life in practical ways.
One of my favorite classes has been Old Testament History and Literature. I’m currently taking it with Professor David Talley, one of the most well-known professors at Biola.
Here’s the deal. Before coming to Biola, I had barely even touched books like Numbers, Ruth, and other seemingly "irrelevant" books in the Old Testament. I knew a few stories from them (we all know David and Goliath, Moses and the stone tablets, and other random little snippets from Veggie Tales), but I had no idea what took place in many of them.
It’s not that I didn’t think they were important … well, maybe that was partly true. Nonetheless, I was wrong, and classes like OT have helped reshape my thinking and understanding of the Bible.
What’s the class like?
In my class, we've been going through the Old Testament books. We focus on “the story” books. We look at the content in depth and learn about the theology in each book, including Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah.
My Old Testament class actually happens to be the most notorious Bible class at Biola.
...No, it’s not boring.
Okay, let me explain real quick.
Professor Talley has a passion for showing students how important and relevant the Old Testament is, so he assigns his students a specific way of reading the Old Testament story-line books. We summarize chapters, identify themes, and then finally find applications to our lives. It does take a long time to work through the books, and yes, it is worth it.
At Biola, classes such as Old Testament are fine-tuning, completely wrecking, and reforming my understanding of the Bible. My Old Testament class is my favorite class so far. I recommend him as a professor if you choose Biola, but just so you know, every professor at Biola is great! Everyone has different preferences and styles of teaching, and whether or not you like some and not others just depends on your preference.
The Bible classes are many students’ favorite classes at Biola, and rightly so. I hope you come take them yourself!
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