Nov 28, 2021  
School of Undergraduate Studies 2021-2022 
    
School of Undergraduate Studies 2021-2022

Biblical Studies (B.A.)


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The biblical studies major is designed to prepare some students for admission to seminary and various ministries of teaching the Word. For others it provides the basic foundation in biblical education needed for various church vocations and ministries both at home and around the world. Still others are encouraged to make the Bible their major emphasis in a broad liberal arts education, which will enable them to live effectively and productively for Christ in various places and vocations.

Requirements


Students majoring in biblical studies are required to choose a concentration from:

In addition to the three core requirements (BCM 101 , BCM 103  and BCM 308 ), the following courses are also required.

Biblical Interpretation (8 credits):


Theology (8 credits) fulfills core theology requirement:


Note: Students in the biblical languages concentration may waive one theology requirement. 

Capstone (1 credit):


Students in the Jewish studies concentration may waive the Senior Research Thesis requirement as they complete a different type of capstone requirement.

Concentrations


In addition, majors choose from one of the following concentrations:

General Biblical Studies Concentration


Greek or Hebrew is recommended for the core foreign language requirement.

Old Testament (4 credits) one of:


The Gospels (4 credits) one of:


Pauline Studies (4 credits) one of:


Electives in Biblical Studies (12 credits):


Twelve additional credits of biblical studies courses.

Old Testament Concentration


Hebrew is recommended for the core foreign language requirement.

Required courses:

The Gospel or Pauline Studies (4 credits) one of:


Electives in Biblical Studies (4 credits)


Four additional credits of biblical studies courses.

Old Testament (4 credits) one of:


Electives in Biblical Studies (4 credits)


Four additional credits of biblical studies courses.

Jewish Studies Concentration


Students who wish to enrich their major in biblical studies through an understanding of Judaism will benefit from this concentration. Emphasizing a wide variety of learning experiences, the program features on-campus coursework supplemented by many off-campus opportunities for personal interaction with the Jewish communities of the Greater Boston area. In addition, as part of the concentration, students are strongly urged to participate in one of several optional study programs in Israel.

The Gospel or Pauline Studies (4 credits) one of:


Capstone (4 credits) one of:


  • Study in Israel
  • A 4-credit internship within the Jewish community
  • An approved course in Jewish studies taken at another institution

Biblical Languages Concentration


Required Courses:


Language Elective (3 credits):


One of the following courses taken at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:

  • NT 502 - Interpreting the New Testament Credits: 3
  • OT 511 - Interpreting the Old Testament Credits: 3
  • GL 601 - Intermediate Greek Credits: 3
  • OL 910 - Intermediate Hebrew Grammar Credits: 3
  • OL 912 - Aramaic Credits: 3

Electives in Biblical Studies (12 credits):


Three of the following courses. At least one New Testament course and at least one Old Testament course are required.

New Testament

At least one of the following required:

Old Testament

At least one of the following required:

Foreign Language Requirement


All majors must complete the foreign language requirement of the core. Because both Greek and Hebrew fulfill that requirement, they are strongly recommended. They are not required for the major.

Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries Double Major


Biblical studies majors are encouraged to integrate their knowledge of scripture into the field of ministry by choosing a second major in Christian ministries.

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