Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

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“One reason I love being a student in the Biblical and Theological Studies major is the emphasis that learning about God is a means to worshiping God.”

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies is designed to equip undergraduate men and women with the skills necessary to interpret the Bible faithfully and to challenge them to live and teach effectively in the home, the church, and the world. This program is offered with two concentrations: the Exegesis Concentration and the Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration

Exegesis Concentration

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in the Christian Worldview program, the exegesis concentration focuses more deeply on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this concentration will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments.

In addition to careful exegesis, students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of upper-division historical, systematic, and biblical theological courses. All courses in this concentration will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. This concentration will culminate in the completion of a senior thesis in the final semester. Students in this concentration will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history.

Exegesis Concentration Credit Breakdown

As the Biblical and Theological Studies major builds upon the Christian Worldview program studied by all students in their first two years at Bethlehem College, only the major courses are listed below:

Year 3 » Fall

  • Christian Discipleship 12
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 14
  • Classical Hebrew 14
  • Intermediate Greek Grammar & Syntax4
  • Total14

Year 3 » Spring

  • Communication and Culture (January)2
  • Christian Discipleship 22
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 24
  • Classical Hebrew 24
  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation4
  • Total16

 

Year 4 » Fall

  • Internship (Summer)4
  • Christian Discipleship 32
  • Integrative Essay2
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 34
  • Greek Exegesis: Epistle4
  • Intermediate Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis4
  • Total16

Year 4 » Spring

  • Christian Ethics (January)2
  • Christian Discipleship 42
  • Biblical Theology4
  • Elective: Thesis or Internship or CCM Course4
  • Greek Exegesis: Narrative4
  • Total16



Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration

The Cross-Cultural Ministry worldConcentration builds upon the Christian Worldview curriculum by inviting students to a deeper examination of historical and contemporary issues affecting the cross-cultural missions endeavor. This concentration similarly engages the student in close examination of the Biblical text, equipping him with the skills needed to feed himself and others for a lifetime.

In addition, the cross-cultural ministry concentration gives students categories for assessing the methodologies proposed by the social sciences and the crucial biblical discernment necessary for implementing insights afforded by them for understanding various contexts for ministry. Students will learn to exegete both God’s world and his Word for the sake of clear Biblical exposition and faithful whole-life discipleship in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world.

Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration Course Breakdown

The Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration course flow differs slightly from that of the Exegesis Concentration. Courses which are unique to the Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration are highlighted in italics below:

 

Year 3 » Fall

  • Christian Discipleship 12
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 14
  • Intermediate Greek Grammar & Syntax4
  • History of Global Christianity4
  • Total14

Year 3 » Spring

  • Communication and Culture (January)2
  • Christian Discipleship 22
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 24
  • Applied Anthropology for Missions4
  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation4
  • Total16

 

Year 4 » Fall

  • Internship (Summer)4
  • Christian Discipleship 32
  • Advanced Studies in Doctrine 34
  • Contemporary Issues in Missiology4
  • Greek Exegesis: Epistle4
  • Total18

Year 4 » Spring

  • Christian Ethics (January)2
  • Biblical Theology4
  • Engaging Islam4
  • Greek Exegesis: Narrative4
  • Total14