Biblical Studies: Concentration in Biblical Languages, B.A.

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Students in this concentration gain the knowledge, skills, and character essential to experiencing the Bible in its original languages (Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek).

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Why Major in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Biblical Languages?

Among a rich community rooted in Christ, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the history and interpretation of biblical texts, along with their application in our collective future. Students focus primarily on two major areas: grammatical knowledge and translation skills for both biblical languages, and incorporation of translation skills for the purpose of biblical interpretation and application.

While many students completing this major may pursue graduate or seminary education, others may utilize their training upon graduation to serve in churches as well as in parachurch ministries.

Explore the Bible as a historical, consequential, and living text in the bachelor’s in Biblical Studies program at PBA. Learn to deeply immerse yourself in biblical scriptures for the purpose of faithfully interpreting and effectively communicating their life-altering messages in the modern world.

You’ll ask—and answer—important questions about Christian faith and what it means to live out the love of Christ as a leader, teacher, and servant. Through expert instruction and mentorship in the Bible, theology, history, and experiential ministry, you’ll gain the earthly tools and spiritual perspective needed to ignite positive, Christ-oriented change in the world.

  • Grow in Christ: Discover a deeper understanding of God and His Word through shared journeys of spiritual growth.
  • Equipped with Purpose: Prepare for ministry and mission work with specialized training in sharing the dynamic expressions of Christ.
  • Experiential Practice: Apply your blossoming ministry abilities through internships, practicums, and field service activities.
  • Serve Abroad: Engage in immersive service through any of PBA’s 20-plus annual mission trips to places like Cambodia, South Africa, and Peru.

What You’ll Learn

In the Bachelor’s in Biblical and Theological Studies program at PBA, you’ll cultivate a deep understanding of:

  • Reading and contextualizing biblical texts
  • Interpreting and applying the wisdom of the Bible in modern contexts, from everyday life to issues of global importance
  • Translating Hebrew and/or Koine Greek, the original languages of the Bible

Participate in Missions

At PBA, you’ll receive guidance as you seek out service environments and find freedom in turning those opportunities into your own. Participate in and lead weekly cross-campus worship, prayer, and discussion, join your residence hall’s Bible studies, and embrace one-on-one mentorship from a Discipleship Leader.

We also invite you to adventure into the world, carrying God’s heart and purpose and your understanding of scripture, truth, and our role in God’s kingdom into places like Brazil, Greece, Japan, South Africa, Haiti, Finland, and more locations.

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Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Requirements - 43 Credit Hours

The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Global Studies requirement is fulfilled through another course in this major. Only 40 of the 43 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) program will still be required for the completion of this program.

As part of the remaining 40 credit hours of Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) requirements, students must elect to complete MLS 4063 – Church in Society from the Social Science menu.

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.

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