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Bible Studies

The Breakdown

The Bible is arguably the most important book ever to be written.  And certainly it is the most influential.  If you’re looking to dive into the stories, beliefs and ideas that have guided Western culture and thought for thousands of years, then bible studies is likely the major for you!

If you decide to pursue bible studies, you will learn how to interpret both the Old and New Testament.  Indeed, through intense investigation, you’ll come to understand the meaning and symbolism behind the stories and the social and historical context that surrounds them.  You will also likely be required to take some language classes, be it in Greek, Latin or Hebrew.  These courses will ultimately allow you to interact with biblical texts in a richer way.  Finally, it is important to note that while most secular colleges and universities offer religion/theology majors (and hence numerous courses in the Bible), a specific major in bible studies is more frequently the provenance of religiously affiliated institutions. 

As a bible studies major, you should have an appreciation for both spirituality and philosophical debate.  You’ll also want an abiding love for history and literature.  Moreover, you’ll need to rely on strong writing and analytical skills.  And you should probably know who Methuselah is. 

 

Nuts and Bolts

Should you major in bible studies, you’ll gain an intimate knowledge of Judeo-Christian thought with classes such as: Gospel of John, Development of Christian Thought, Prison Epistles, Prophetic Literature, Old Testament History and Literature, The Pentateuch, Jeremiah and Lamentations, Elementary Biblical Hebrew, The Life of Christ, Survey of Women of the New Testament and the Gospel of Matthew.

Decisions, Decisions

Bible studies majors are interested in the touchstones of faith and thought and the works they inspire.  Therefore, bible studies majors would also likely enjoy classes in theology, missionary studies, comparative literature, philosophy, anthropology, religious education, pastoral leadership, youth leadership, English, art history, Hebrew, Jewish studies and Middle Eastern studies.

What's Next

There is certainly no prescribed path for a bible studies major.  Of course, many grads hope to carry their passion and enthusiasm for faith into their professional lives.  Therefore, it is common for majors to head to seminary and/or divinity school.  Additionally, a handful might throw themselves into missionary work spreading their religious message around the globe.  Missionary work can involve everything from preaching to addressing infrastructure issues within the local community.  Others might join the ministry working with anyone from inner city youths to suburban families.  It’s also common for bible studies majors to eventually become chaplains working on college campuses, with the military, etc.  Undoubtedly, bible studies majors also enter secular fields as well.  Indeed, you can find grads working everywhere from education and publishing to social work and medicine.

 

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