Biblical Studies

Description

Directed by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies, the Biblical and Theological Studies major is designed for high achieving students planning to earn a graduate degree following their studies at North Central. This program is also available for students who anticipate applying for ministerial credentials immediately upon graduation. In addition to serving as a pre-seminary program, it may appeal to students whose ministry goals include Bible translation, chaplaincy and university teaching.

Biblical and Theological Studies majors will choose one of three tracks: the Biblical Studies track, the Biblical Languages track, or the Theology track. Although each track will feature elements of each, 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 give greater emphasis to 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 following:

  • New Testament content;
  • Old Testament content;
  • The history of Israel;
  • Social and cultural dynamics in the Mediterranean Basin during the Second Temple Period;
  • Methods in biblical studies;
  • Reading knowledge of either Hebrew or Greek.

The Biblical and Theological Studies major reflects NCU’s continuing commitment to excellence in biblical interpretation.

Courses

Part 1. General Education Core
Students taking the Ministerial Prep Option must select PRAC 252 Homiletics I for the Communication Arts general education requirement. All BTS majors must select HIST 311 or 312 for the Historical Perspective general education requirement.
Part 2. Biblical Studies Core
Students taking the Ministerial Prep Option must select THEO 240 Pentecostal Distinctives for the BIBL 242 / THEO 240 requirement.
Part 3. Scripture Core
New Testament
BIBL Gospel Elective (3)
BIBL Pauline Epistle Elective (3)
Old Testament
BIBL Law Elective (3)
BIBL Prophets Elective (3)
Practicum (3) (Select One):*
Senior Seminar:
Hermeneutics
Topics in Biblical and Theological Studies (3) (Select One:)
Bible Related
Select one (3 credits):
BIBL 239, 349, 482, or ENG 452
Part 4. Biblical Studies Supporting Program: Biblical Studies Track or Biblical Languages Track or Theology Track (Select one)
21 Credits
Biblical Studies Track
ALAN Second year of Greek or Hebrew (6)**
BIBL Non-Gospel, non-Pauline NT Elective (3)
BIBL Writings Elective (3)
CT Critical Thought Elective (3)
THEO Theology Elective (3)
Select one (whichever not taken for general education core) (3 credits):
Biblical Languages Track
ALAN Second year of Greek or Hebrew (6)**
ALAN First year of a second Biblical Language (6)
ALAN Second year of a second Biblical Language (6)
Select one (3 credits):
Classical Language Elective (by arrangement) (3)
Theology Track
ALAN Second year of Greek or Hebrew (6)** OR First Year of Latin (6)
THEO Theology Elective (3)
THEO Theology Elective (3)
Select One (whichever not taken for general education core) (3 Credits):
Part 5. Language Requirement
6 Credits
ALAN New Testament Greek 1A & 1B or Biblical Hebrew 1A & 1B (6)
Part 6. Ministry Prep Option and General Electives
7-8 Credits
PRAC 352 Homiletics II (3) & General Electives (4)
OR
General Electives (8 credits)