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Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies
The Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies provides a strong biblical and theological foundation for all North Central University students and offers advanced preparation for those planning to pursue graduate study in Bible and Theology.
Biblical and Theological Studies Major
Biblical & Theological Studies majors will choose one of three tracks:
- The Biblical Studies track
- The Biblical Languages track
- The Theology track
Although each track will feature elements of all disciplines, the Biblical Studies track will have a greater emphasis on biblical content, the Biblical Languages track will have a greater emphasis on developing skills in Greek and Hebrew, and the Theology track will have a greater emphasis on systematic and historical theology.
As a result of completing the Biblical and Theological Studies major, the student should develop a deeper and broader knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology. Graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Old and New Testament content, the history of Israel through the Second Temple Period, methods and major topics in biblical studies, church history, and Pentecostal and systematic theology, and a working knowledge of either Hebrew or Greek. The Biblical and Theological Studies major reflects NCU's continuing commitment to excellence in biblical interpretation.
For students interested in pursuing credentialed ministry within the Assemblies of God, the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies also offers the opportunity to take all the courses suggested for ministerial preparation while completing a Biblical and Theological Studies major.
Biblical and Theological Studies Abroad
The Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies sponsors two study abroad options. Biblical and Theological Studies majors are especially encouraged to take advantage of these study abroad opportunities which are also available for all North Central students:
- Israel Study Tour- a three week trip during May Term to Israel and Jordan
- Ridley Hall - a Fall semester-long program to study Bible and theology at the University of Cambridge, England
Society for Bible and Theology
The student-led Society for Bible and Theology is for anyone who loves discussing issues relating to biblical studies or thinking through the theological implications of various ideas. Throughout the school year, the Society for Bible and Theology sponsors lunch-time lectures, game nights, outings and other get togethers. For more information, visit the Society's page.
Weekly Student-led Discussion Group
Who: Biblical and Theological Studies majors
When: 4-5pm each Thursday during the Semester
Where: the IBATS office- Miller Hall 248
Come join us for snacks and lively student-led discussions. It is a great way to get to know other BATS majors and support each other in our desire to grow both academically and spiritually in our knowledge of the Bible and theology. Past discussions have ranged from things like: the gifts of the Spirit and revival, the I AM statements from John's Gospel, denominationalism, Church history, and how to hold together NCU's vision for both ministry and academics.
Contact910 Elliot Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Miller Hall 248
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|Title||4 Year Plan||Credits|
|Biblical and Theological Studies||124|
|One-Year Bible Certificate||31|
|Biblical and Theological Studies Core||27|
The Annual First Things Last Conference is a chapel series and related events that are sponsored by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies.
The dates for First Things Last 2014 are set for February 18-20, 2014. Please check back for more details.
First Things Last 2013 featured renowned Pentecostal historian Dr. Vinson Synan. Over the course of the three-day series, Dr. Synan gave an overview of the roots of Pentecostalism, the Azusa Street Revival and the Charismatic Renewal. He used rare footage, extensive research, interviews and his own personal experiences to give NCU students a solid foundation for understanding the Pentecostal movement as a whole. Dr. Synan also spoke in numerous classes, at a lunch for Pentecostal and Charismatic pastors, as well as a late-night student event called "Tongues-on-Fire Pentecostalism" where he spoke specifically about Spirit baptism and the gift of tongues. His depth of experience and genuineness were a blessing to the whole NCU community.
The name "First Things Last" was chosen to emphasize that it is the things of primary importance - the "first things" - that last.
Sponsored by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies, the Laboratory is a monthly lunch for Assemblies of God ministers, NCU faculty and other interested leaders featuring a guest speaker on various topics and discusions in a lively, safe and off-the-record environment.
The Laboratory's charter explains its purpose this way:
"The life of a minister can be lonely, and increasingly Assemblies of God ministers are raising impassioned pleas for more ministerial fellowship and open, honest discussion. While no one denies that ministers are responsible for their public teaching or the leadership of their congregations, many seem to be crying out for some venue in which they can share their questions, hopes, half-baked ideas and theories, etc. with fellow ministers in a safe, non-political setting." The Laboratory is our attempt to fill that need.
The dates for the Laboratory for the academic year 2013-2014 are as follows, all the dates are on a Thursday, from 11am-1pm.
All Laboratory events will take place in Phillips Hall's 117 unless otherwise noted.
Please RSVP to Katy Wehr (612-343-3767 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 24 hours prior to event date if you would like a hot lunch at $4 (lunch includes entree, salad, cookies, and drink).
If you would like to be included in the mailing list to receive description of each Laboratory and Speaker as the date approach, please email Katy Wehr at email@example.com.
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