The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies prepares graduates with a strong biblical foundation to serve God and neighbor in today’s complex world. You’ll learn how to interpret Scripture and think theologically in a way that’s relevant to your ministry setting after graduation—no matter where you’re called.
|Biblical and Theological Studies||Major||Minor|
|Biblical Greek Minor||Minor|
|Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Greek) Minor||Minor|
|Religious Studies Minor||Minor|
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Our degrees are for students who want to spread Christ's love in all kinds of settings. You'll be prepared with broad skills to work at home or overseas in nonprofits or church plants, in parachurch or traditional church settings, to serve youth, preach, or start new ministries. Plus, we make sure you have the background needed for entering competitive graduate and seminary programs after graduation.
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Beyond expanding your biblical knowledge, you'll also grow in your personal faith so you can integrate what you learn into everything you do.
Our program focuses on strong scholarship and serious theological study. You'll be prepared with the skills and knowledge you need to enter competitive graduate and seminary programs.
Our professors minister regularly at local churches, speak at national and international conferences, make appearances on local radio shows, publish books, and are internationally recognized for their scholarly contributions.
There's no better way to understand scripture than by learning Hebrew and Greek-the languages of the original Christian texts.
Study abroad in Israel, Greece, Turkey, Cambodia, or Ireland and take classes in World Christianity to understand the Christian church in other contexts so you're prepared for global ministry.
Through events and coursework, you'll examine world religions through a Christian perspective so you're prepared to serve in a complex world.
Meet theology students from other schools, present your research, and talk with professors who are experts in areas you're passionate about.
Aside from giving me an extraordinary background in the Bible, Christian history, and theology, the BTS major allowed me to develop skills in close reading, research, and writing that continue to serve me well after graduation.–Sara Misgen
My degree has not only enhanced my knowledge of the Bible, theology, and Church history, it taught me how to engage my faith in a world that is full of different ideas, beliefs, and faith practices.–Daniel Commerford
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.–Tucker Ferda
Students preparing for careers in business, education, nursing, or any career find that our majors and minors give them a solid foundation for serving God’s kingdom.
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