Simpson’s Bible and Theology major is designed to familiarize students with the Bible’s content and ideas, the Church’s reflection on it, methods of interpretation, and the intersection of faith and culture. The major prepares students for seminary education or graduate work in theology and related disciplines. It also provides a strong foundation for ministry in church and parachurch settings by developing the skills necessary for lifelong study and communication of Scripture.
As a student in the program, you learn one of the biblical languages, either Hebrew or Greek, and develop a foundation in biblical or systematic theology. Then you choose one of the three concentrations: Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology.
The Old Testament and New Testament concentrations allow you to pursue interest in specific books, such as Genesis, Job, and Isaiah in the Old Testament or the Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, and Pauline epistles in the New Testament. Both concentrations include the possibility of a study tour in Israel. Finally, for a capstone, you will investigate the critical issues and the theology of one of the Testaments.
The Theology concentration builds a foundation for theological reflection by developing a deeper understanding of God, humanity, Christ and the church. It also includes courses in areas of particularly interest, including History of Early Christianity, Contemporary Theology, and Theology of World Mission. For a capstone, you will grapple with issues in contemporary theology.
All three of these concentrations are designed to develop stronger understanding of the Bible and Christian theology. Graduates will be better prepared to understand and assess life’s future challenges in biblically and theologically informed ways.
The Bible and Theology program also offers a rigorous Honors Program for qualified students who wish to pursue independent research in their chosen concentration.