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Biblical Studies

  • Available as major (B.A. degree) and minor
    You’ve been a reader of the Bible for a long time. Now, become a student of the Bible — and grow in your ability to apply its truths.
  • Approach the Bible as more than an instruction book. Unlock the wisdom and knowledge that God has placed there for you to discover: the theological, doctrinal and ethical messages it contains.

    We are your partners in this discovery. Understand — maybe for the first time — the Bible in its historical context. Join the interdisciplinary discussion as you focus on God’s Word through the lens of history, anthropology, languages, cultures and faith.

    Become familiar with both past and current theories about how to interpret the Bible. Learn to study the text in a methodical, critical manner. Develop your critical thinking skills as you work to interpret and understand questions you encounter. Sharpen your skills for research and writing.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Study hermeneutics (interpretation), ancient and medieval philosophy, Greek, Hebrew, history of Christianity.
    • Gain knowledge about the Bible from professors involved in their own research and writing.
    • Attend conferences — for example, The Society of Biblical Literature — and learn from noted Bible scholars.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

    Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, as well as in the U.S.


    If you: 

    • love literature and history
    • have a passion for helping others understand the Bible
    • are strong in your time management and organizational skills
    • enjoy reading, writing and research
    • want to serve the Lord in full-time ministry or as a volunteer

    then Biblical Studies may be the major you’re seeking.

    Possible careers include: professor, author, editor, academic administrator, lecturer, seminary librarian

    Biblical Studies is within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.