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Biblical Literature Major/Minor

Interpreting Biblical Literature

Whether you plan to pursue full-time ministry or simply desire a deeper understanding of Scripture, the Biblical Literature major can fit into any four-year college plan. The Biblical Literature curriculum teaches biblical content and approaches to studying it. When you closely consider the messages and implications of the origin of sin, God's plan for salvation, and the words and works of Jesus Christ, you will learn how the overall biblical story gives meaning to all of human life.

This Bible major is designed so students can pursue a secondary major in a number of different areas, allowing them to go into a variety of different fields after graduation and discover how Scripture plays into other disciplines. While our Foundational Core program provides basic spiritual formation courses to all students, a Biblical Literature major helps you prepare to face this broken world in whatever career path you follow.

More Than a Story

The Biblical Literature program builds on the foundational Bible courses that all students take. Look deeper into particular sections of Scripture—including the Pentateuch, the Hebrew Prophets, the Gospels, and Acts and the early church—as you learn the inductive approach to interpretation. As a student in this major, you will learn about the historicity of the Bible while studying and applying the historical and cultural contexts of each book to discover the most accurate interpretations. All of this comes together as you consider relevant moral and ethical questions that affect today’s Christian worldview.

Minor in Biblical Literature

Our Biblical Literature minor provides a broad overview of the Bible, balancing class-focuses between Old and New Testament books. Investigate the meanings and applications of the Pauline epistles, the apocalyptic and poetic literature, or the Hebrew prophets, among other biblical sections. If you want a deeper study of the Bible, the minor in Biblical Literature pairs well with any primary major.

Biblical Literature Curriculum & Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature
  • Bachelor of Science in Biblical Literature
  • Biblical Literature Minor

Contact the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department

Dr. Michael Harbin, Department Chair of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy
765-998-4972
mcharbin@tayloru.edu

Joy Brainer, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Program Assistant
765-998-5148
jybrainer@taylor.edu

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Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department

Building on a Biblical Foundation

While all Taylor students take biblical courses, students who want to dive further into God’s Word or pursue further studies in seminary or a career in ministry will be welcomed into the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy department (BSCP).

In this department, you will examine your understanding of faith with the help of caring faculty, who will serve as scholars, mentors, and teachers and push you to think through critical issues, question why you believe what you believe, and commit to a greater pursuit of your personal faith. Taylor’s BSCP program will build a strong foundation of biblical truth and knowledge that could strengthen the spiritual health of any student.

More Than Contemplating Scripture

Our Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy faculty introduce plenty of development opportunities to our majors. Faculty often invite students to attend conferences and meetings with national ministry organizations to expand their horizons, discover ministry trends, and introduce them to ministry leaders.

Students are encouraged to join on-campus and local ministries, from campus chapel bands to church youth groups to county-wide food drives. Some students also put their critical thinking skills to the test with our nationally-ranked Ethics Bowl team—the Taylor chapter of a national intercollegiate program where students from different schools debate ethical topics.

Biblical- and ministry-focused study abroad opportunities are open to all Taylor students. Walk in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and study the New Testament while exploring Greece, or visit the birthplace and several ministry locations of Jesus during a trip to Jerusalem. Other opportunities include semester-long, J-term, or Spring Break trips to learn about the Word of God and evangelize across diverse cultures.

Committed & Scholarly Faculty

In our Bible and Ministry programs, our faculty help you develop practical thinking, critique, and discernment skills as you strengthen your faith and love for truth and wisdom. The professors are committed to a high view of Scripture and dedicated to providing an eye-opening Christian education, whether in major or general education courses. They are actively seeking out ministry and theological developments, and many are also at the forefront of these developments, researching and publishing book—such as textbooks, faith-building books, and in-depth scholarly reference books—and articles in publications like Tyndale Bulletin, Philosophia Christi, and Christianity Today.

All Greek to You?

Students from any major can take Greek or Hebrew classes to meet the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement. Taking two years of either language almost always counts toward at least one year of the language for a seminary program.

Career Opportunities

As Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy students have a 99% placement rate coming out of Taylor, you can graduate with confidence that your liberal arts education will stand out to future employers.

Faculty & Staff
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Michael Harbin

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Brad Seeman

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Ed Meadors

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Greg MaGee

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Hank Voss

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Jim Spiegel

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Jenny Collins

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Joseph Pak

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Joy Brainer

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Kevin Diller

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May Young

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Mike Severe

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Phil Collins

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Richard Smith

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Bill Heth

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