Academics

Biblical and Theological Studies Concentration

Mission Statement

The mission of the Biblical and Theological Studies department is to equip students with the content of the Bible, its historical context and proper methods of interpretation, and the Reformed theology which summarizes its teachings. Students also learn to apply this biblical content and theology to contemporary life and culture, and to their own personal lives, leading to spiritual growth and ministry in the church and the world. Students also develop the skills to communicate this biblical and theological reasoning and conclusions effectively in both speaking and writing.

Why Study Biblical and Theological Studies at Providence

The Bible is God’s written word, his special revelation about himself, his world, and how we are to live in it. A biblical perspective thus profoundly shapes everything else we study at Providence, and this means that students must know the Bible and what it teaches. The four semesters of Old and New Testament Studies in the Core enable students to study the entire Bible, its historical background, theological teaching, and relevance for living in today’s world.

With a Biblical and Theological Studies Concentration, students are able to build on this foundation and pursue in-depth biblical study, as well as systematic and historical theological study, drawing in particular on the riches of the Reformed heritage. Students also study hermeneutics, that is, the principles and history of biblical interpretation. This concentration equips students to rightly handle the word of truth, to meet contemporary challenges, and to understand the difference theology makes for our service in the church and the world. Most of all, we seek by this study to know God better, and thus to be better ambassadors for Christ in a broken world.

A concentration in Biblical and Theological Studies equips students to effectively and faithfully serve the Lord in many different callings in the church and society. The ability to think carefully with biblical principles is crucial for entrepreneurial careers in the business world. The concentration provides the biblical and theological foundation necessary for Bible teaching, missions, counseling, social work, international relief and refugee work, as well as for graduate study in those fields.

Pre-Seminary Track: Supplemental Biblical Languages Training

For those contemplating seminary training, broad exposure to the liberal arts (in the Liberal Studies major) is ideal.  Alongside that, the most important preparation is mastery of the biblical languages. The best seminary programs teach from the original Greek and Hebrew texts.

This language training provides a course of study in biblical Hebrew (the language of the Old Testament) and biblical Greek (the language of the New Testament).  Students will learn to read and exegete the Bible in these original languages, and thus be best equipped for graduate level biblical and theological studies.

Students may supplement a BTS concentration, or any other concentration in the Liberal Studies major, with this course of study.  They take either 2 years of Greek (Beginning and Intermediate) and 1 year of Hebrew (Beginning), or 2 years of Hebrew (Beginning and Intermediate) and 1 year of Greek (Beginning).

Learning these languages greatly enriches one’s study of the Bible.  Familiar texts come alive in new ways, and the student gains a deeper understanding of key concepts and themes.  This study will thus enhance all other study in the Biblical and Theological Studies department, as well as application of the biblical perspective in each other discipline, and the student’s personal Christian life and calling.  For those who are pursuing Christian ministry or teaching, or further biblical study, learning the biblical languages is a prerequisite for responsible interpretation.

Biblical Languages (BL)

Language training recommended for Pre-Seminary students:
Includes one year of each language, plus a second year of one language.
(18 units/6 courses)
GRK 101Beginning Greek I3
GRK 102Beginning  Greek II3
GRK 205Intermediate Greek I3
GRK 206Intermediate Greek II3
HEB 101Beginning Hebrew I3
HEB 102Beginning Hebrew II3
HEB 201Intermediate Hebrew I3
HEB 201Intermediate Hebrew II3
Concentration Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the biblical and theological studies concentration are able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the entire Bible, including its historical, cultural, and literary contexts as well as a knowledge of the systematic teaching of Scripture, especially with reference to the theology of the orthodox creeds and the Reformed tradition, as well as an ability to evaluate fairly alternative perspectives. This knowledge will be demonstrated through students’ communication of the process and conclusions of biblical and theological study in both oral and written venues.
  2. Employ proper methods of interpretation in their study of Scripture (hermeneutics), including critical and analytical reasoning, contextual exegesis (grammatical-historical), and theological (comparative scriptural, canonical), as well as make use of the appropriate tools for this study.
  3. Apply this teaching to our contemporary context, culture, and concerns (in terms of the biblical and Reformed framework of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation), and apply it personally, leading to spiritual growth and ministry within church and society.
Concentration Course Requirements
[Required 24 units: 15 units/5 courses from BTS Foundations; 9 units/3 courses selected from BTS Seminar Courses]
Course #BTS FoundationsUnits
BTS 205Hermeneutics3
BTS 315History of Christianity I  OR3
BTS 316History of Christianity II3
BTS 338Biblical Studies I: Old Testament: Pentateuch  OR3
BTS 339Biblical Studies II: New Testament: Pauline Literature3
BTS 360Doctrinal Studies I: God and Revelation  OR3
BTS 361Doctrinal Studies II: Salvation and Church3
BTS 342Apologetics3
BTS Seminar Courses
BTS 423Psalms3
BTS 425Isaiah and Prophetic Literature3
BTS 426Apocalyptic Literature3
BTS 432Johannine Literature3
BTS 434Later NT Literature3
BTS 464Pneumatology3
Additional Courses required for this concentration within the Liberal Studies Degree
BTS 295Biblical and Modern Israel [required for Israel Immersion Excursion]3
LBS 499Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio3
BTS 499Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation3
Concentration Course Map

Biblical and Theological Studies

Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureIntroduction to Fine Art
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureAmerican Civilization and Culture
MathLab Science
HPEHPE
History of Christianity (I or II)Hermeneutics
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
Biblical Studies (I or II)Apologetics
Doctrinal Studies (I or II)BTS Seminar course (e.g. Psalms)
Elective (alternative semesters in BTS Foundations optional)Elective (alternative semesters in BTS Foundations optional)
ElectiveElective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
BTS Seminar course (e.g. Pneumatology)BTS Seminar course (e.g. Apocalyptic Lit.)
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.

Biblical Languages (not a concentration by itself)

Year One – FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Year Two – FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureIntroduction to Fine Art
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureAmerican Civilization and Culture
MathLab Science
HPEHPE
Main Concentration CourseMain Concentration Course
Beginning Greek or Hebrew I (first year of one language)Beginning Greek or Hebrew II
Year Three – FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
Main Concentration CourseMain Concentration Course
Main Concentration CourseMain Concentration Course
Beginning Greek or Hebrew I (first year of second language)Beginning Greek or Hebrew II
ElectiveElective
Year Four – FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Main Concentration CourseMain Concentration Course
Intermediate Greek or Hebrew I (second year of one language)Intermediate Greek or Hebrew II
ElectiveElective
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.

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