Certificate in Biblical Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

The Lector was historically the person who read the Psalms at meal time, but he or she also taught the brothers and sisters of communities how to read and write. Usually this person was in charge of the Scriptorium.

Introduction to the Bible. Basic introduction into the history and development of the Bible. General Knowledge of the content of the Old and New Testaments including a working knowledge of the exegetical method and exegetical experience in selected Biblical texts. The student is expected to exercise a general familiarity with the history and theology of the Old and New Testaments.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of the Biblical text prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. William Barclay, Introducing the Bible
  2. John Shelby Spong, This Hebrew Lord
  3. G. E. Wright, Biblical Archaeology
  4. John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism
  5. John Shelby Spong, Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes
  6. John Shelby Spong, The Sins of Scripture
  7. William Barclay, The Apostles’ Creed for Every Man
  8. Raymond J Frontain, Reclaiming the Sacred: The Bible in Gay and Lesbian Culture
  9. Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels
  10. Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
  11. Marcus J. Borg, Reading the Bible Again For the First Time
  12. Marcus J. Borg, Evolution of the Word
  13. John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian
  14. C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
  15. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of the Bible texts within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what the Biblical texts mean to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%