Biblical StudiesAcademic Program
Biblical Studies complement General Education by offering the student a contemporary, academic study of the Bible. Using the grammatical-historical method of interpretation, courses provide foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testament, which affords a basis on which to construct well-reasoned theological principles and personal applications. In addition, the student develops an understanding of other worldviews, religions, and contemporary issues. All faculty are conservative evangelical Christians but realize that intellectual honesty demands exposing the students to differing points of view in order to prepare them for contemporary life.
Optional Emphasis in:
- Theological Studies
- Biblical Languages and Exegesis
Biblical Studies Program Objectives
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the historical, literary, and theological content of the Bible.
- Apply the principles of biblical interpretation to the Word of God.
- Develop doctrinal positions consistent with conservative Evangelicalism on key theological issues.
- Apply the Word of God personally and professionally as faithful disciples of Christ.
What can I do with a degree in Biblical Studies?
The Bible ranks not only as the most widely read book in the world, but also it remains the most powerful tool for Christian service. The study of the Bible requires the student to deal with complex and sometimes contentious issues that can function as excellent preparation for many professions as well as vocational ministry. According to surveys of our graduates, while some students obtain additional degrees and pursue careers in ministry, many others have gone to law school, enrolled in other graduate programs, and have pursued varied professional occupations. Clearly, this illustrates that a major in Biblical Studies prepares students for many diverse careers.
Andrew W. Pitts is the Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at ACU. He taught at seminaries and universities across the continent before taking this appointment. He has published peer-reviewed articles in JBL, CBR, JGRChJ, and Religions. He serves as the editor of the Brill Exegetical Commentary and is the co-author of The Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism (Eerdmans, March, 2015). He is also the co-editor of three recently released books on Early Christianity: Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism (Brill, 2013), Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture (Brill, 2013), and The Language of the New Testament (Brill, 2013). Andrew also has a passion for teaching and bringing innovative pedagogical techniques to the classroom.