Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts

This program is for those who want to develop skills and methods for engaging in sound and thoughtful interpretation of the Bible for use in ministry or mission settings or as a firm foundation as they pursue a variety of careers in the marketplace.

More than any other college program at Briercrest College and Seminary, the four-year BA Biblical Studies equips studentsOT Lit with Don Taylor - September 11 (4).JPG to do biblical research and Bible teaching. It also prepares students for further undergraduate or graduate education, particularly in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and/or divinity.

Building upon the foundation of biblical knowledge at the core of all our arts degree programs, students majoring in biblical studies have the opportunity to take advanced courses in biblical studies, biblical theology, hermeneutics, and biblical languages (Hebrew and/or Greek) as well as courses that focus on the literary, cultural, historical, and geographical aspects of biblical interpretation.

Biblical studies majors also enjoy increased confidence in personal Bible study, valuable insights from the study of ancient cultures and original languages, and a deepening appreciation for the unity within the diversity of Scripture. This program is for those who want to develop skills and methods for engaging in sound and thoughtful interpretation of the Bible for use in ministry or mission settings or as a firm foundation as they pursue a variety of careers in the marketplace. 

Successful graduates are well-equipped to provide biblically informed and theologically reflective insights to the church as it carries out its mission in a complex world. Past students have pursued many types of careers including that of a pastor, teacher, professor, or Bible translator. 

Graduation Requirements

The BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours of Biblical Studies courses (including at least 18 credit hours at 300+ level and six additional credit hours at 400+ level), 12 credit hours of cognate language requirements (Greek or Hebrew), and six credit hours of cognate Theological Studies requirements. Like most Briercrest programs the BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours at the 300+ level within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Required Courses

(6 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
BLST 103 Gospels 3
BLST 111 Old Testament Literature 3

Electives

(33 credit hours: minimum 18 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)

  • Minimum 6 credit hours must be taken in each of the 3 categories: Old Testament Studies; New Testament Studies; and Backgrounds and Methodological issues.

Old Testament

BLST 205 Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom 3
BLST 206 Introduction to the Prophets 3
BLST 305 Wisdom and Poetry Book Study 3
BLST 367 Pentateuch Book Study 3
BLST 425 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Literature 3
BLST 434 Prophets Book Study 3
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I 3
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II 3

New Testament

BLST 214 General Epistles 3
BLST 230 Pauline Epistles 3
BLST 304 Acts 3
BLST 306 Romans 3
BLST 309 John 3
BLST 310 1 Corinthians (CDE) 3
BLST 381 Hebrews 3
BLST 385 Revelation 3
BLST 415 Advanced Studies in New Testament Literature 3
BLST 435 Synoptic Gospels 3
GRK 300 Greek Syntax 3
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I 3
GRK 400 Greek Exegesis II 3
GRK 401 Advanced Greek Exegesis 3

Backgrounds and Methodological Issues

BLST 213 Hermeneutics 3
BLST 324 Bible Synthesis 3
BLST 325 Bible Origins: Text, Transmission, and Canon 3
BLST 331 Scripture and Canon 3
BLST 371 Jewish Background to Early Christianity 3
BLST 423 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation 3
BLST 454 Religious Studies Seminar 3

Elective

BLST 426 Biblical Studies Internship * 3

Cognate Language Requirements

(12 credit hours)

GRK 200 Introductory Greek I 3
GRK 201 Introductory Greek II  3 
GRK 300 Greek Syntax 3
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I 3

OR

HEB 200 Introductory Hebrew I 3
HEB 201 Introductory Hebrew II 3
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I 3
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II 3

Cognate Theological Studies Requirements

(6 credit hours: minimum 3 at 300+ level)

  • Choose 6 credit hours from the following
HIS 114 The Ancient and Medieval World I 3
HIS 115 The Ancient and Medieval World II 3
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present 3
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada 3
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA 3
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science 3
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences 3
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views 3
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I 3
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion 3
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion 3
THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I 3
THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II 3
Any 300-400 level THEO course 3

Electives

(18-24 credit hours)

Free Electives 18-24
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

* Does not count toward the 6 credit hours required at a 400+ level
  

view all course descriptions

David Miller

dmiller@briercrest.ca
View Profile

dmiller.jpg

David completed a PhD in Religious Studies at McMaster University in 2004, the same year he began teaching at Briercrest College and Seminary. As a scholar and a teacher, David's basic priorities are studying the New Testament in its first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and learning with students what it means to hear and respond to the Bible's address to Christians today.

Growing up in Kenya as a child of missionary parents gave David a love for international travel. He and Tenyia were married on a semester break during a year of study in Israel, and they recently spent a vacation visiting archaeological sites in Turkey. David returned to Israel in 2009 as one of the leaders of Briercrest College and Seminary's first Israel Study Tour. David, along with Kevin Daugherty, led another Briercrest study tour in the summer of 2013, "Following Paul in Turkey and Greece."

In his free time, David enjoys hiking, playing with his daughter Shoshana, and reading in his back yard under the amazing Saskatchewan sky.

Don Taylor

dtaylor@briercrest.ca
View Profile

dtaylor.jpgDon grew up in Ontario, and after high school and some job experience, he joined the RCMP and was stationed in B.C.  Don married Tracy and they raised two children, Brad and Katie.  After ten years in the RCMP and six years of youth ministry in local churches, Don came to Briercrest to study. While studying at both the college and seminary and taking on the task of policing in Caronport, Don was hired to teach part-time for the college and has been doing so for over 10 years.  Through this time, he completed a doctoral degree with the University of South Africa, completing a dissertation entitled: A Narrative Critical Analysis of Korah's Rebellion in Numbers 16 and 17.  Don has also traveled to Israel and was part of organizing two academic study tours to the Holy Land in 2009 and 2011.