Bible and Theology

Bible and Theology

Overview

The B.A.Min. degree with a Bible and Theology major is the primary degree offered to persons who desire a program in preparation for graduate work in a related content area or to support ministry in fields or organizations supportive of the mission of the church and the redemptive work of God in this world. This program provides extensive training in the exegetical study of Christian Scripture and the theological content flowing from scriptural sources. Students completing this program will have an advanced understanding of biblical literature, will possess strong exegetical skills, and will gain theological understandings applicable to contemporary ministry and social issues. Persons may fulfill education requirements for ordination as elder in the Church of the Nazarene by taking additional courses as listed at the end of this section.

Bible and Theology

Objectives

Completion of this program should enable the student to:

  • Identify the intended message of biblical passages.
  • Demonstrate exegetical skill in the interpretation of biblical texts.
  • Relate the message of the biblical text to a contemporary audience.

Program Requirements (Traditional Structure)

General Education Core Requirements

Course Course DescriptionHours
  English Language/Communication 6
  (composition course with research component required) 
  Social Sciences 6
  Humanities 3
  Science 3
  Math 3
  History 3
GEN1003 Lifelong Learning Skills 3
SPE1003 Principles of Public Speaking 3
THE1023 Spiritual Formation 3
THE3013 Introduction to Christian Thought 3
  General Education Electives 9
    45 hours

Bible and Theology Core Requirements

Course Course Description Hours
BIB1013 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
BIB1023 Introduction to the New Testament 3
BIB2003 Biblical Interpretation 3
BIB2013 Pentateuch 3
BIB2033 New Testament Gospels 3
BIB3013 Hebrew Prophets or 3
  BIB3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or  
  BIB3123 O.T. Historical Books  
BIB3053 Pauline Epistles or 3
  BIB3063 Book of Acts  
THE2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE3023 Systematic Theology I 3
THE3033 Systematic Theology II 3
    30 hours

Courses Specific to the Bible and Theology Major

Course Course DescriptionHours
BIB3013 Hebrew Prophets or 3
  BIB3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or  
  BIB3123 O.T. Historical Books  
BIB3053 Pauline Epistles and 3
  BIB3063 Book of Acts  
BIB/THE Bible (BIB) or Theology (THE) course not otherwise required 3
OTR2013 Global Evangelism 3
BIB4081 Senior Ministry Integration I 1
BIB4091 Senior Ministry Integration II 1
SPE3003 Oral Interpretation 3
  17 hours
 Electives or Minor Courses28 hours

120 hours total required for graduation

Program Requirements (Salvation Army)

General Education Core Requirements (Transfer Block)

Course Course DescriptionHours
  English Language/Communication 6
  Social Sciences 6
  Humanities 3
  Science 3
  History 3
  General Education Electives (from any division above) 3
  General Education Bible/Theology Electives (To include the following: OT Survey (3), NT Survey (3) Formation and Discipleship (3), Introduction to Christian Theology (3), Systematic Theology (6) 18
  General Education Electives 18
    60 hours

TSA AdVantage Core Requirements

Course Course Description Hours
MTH1003 General Mathematics 3
GEN1001 Online Orientation 1
BLE3604 Adult and Professional Development 4
BIB3634 Biblical Leadership Principles 4
THE3624 Holiness and the Life of the Believer 4
SAR3614 Stewardship and Fundraising 4
SAR3624 Doing Church as Mission 4
SAR3634 Social Aspects of Ministry 4
    28 hours

Courses Specific to the Bible and Theology Major

Course Course DescriptionHours
BIB2003 Biblical Interpretation3
BIB2013 Pentateuch3
BIB2033 New Testament Gospels3
BIB3013 Hebrew Prophets or 6
  BIB3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or  
  BIB3123 O.T. Historical Books  
  must complete 2 of the above 3 courses  
BIB3053 Pauline Epistles3
BIB3063 Book of Acts3
BIB4081 Senior Ministry Integration I1
BIB4091 Senior Ministry Integration II1
BIB/THE Bible (BIB) or Theology (THE) course not otherwise required3
OTR2013 Global Evangelism3
SPE3003 Oral Interpretation3
  32 hours

120 hours total required for graduation

Ordination Education Requirements

Persons may fulfill education requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene either as elder or deacon by completing the following courses in addition to the major in Bible and Theology (Traditional Structure). Please be advised, districts may require additional coursework.

Course Course DescriptionHours
CEM2133 Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries 3
OTR4013 Developing a Missional Church 3
PAS2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry 3
PAS2023 History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene 3
PAS3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
PAS3033 Christian Preaching I 3
PAS3043 Christian Preaching II 3
PAS4023 Church Administration and Finance 3
  24 hours