Know God’s Word & Make Him Known
Be a Teacher to Teachers
Our Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies will do much more than simply add two letters to the beginning of your name – it will transform the way you understand the Bible and do ministry.
In this terminal research doctorate, you will become a biblical scholar and gain deep insights into the Word of God. Through the program, students will gain a greater mastery of the original languages of the Bible, the cultural backgrounds of the Bible, the significance of the intertestamental period, and the history of hermeneutical frameworks and theological developments from the early church up to the present.
This program blends the American and European model of PhD studies by devoting 40 hours to the coursework phase and 20 hours to the dissertation phase. Other things that set our program apart include:
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” – Ezra 7:10
Listen to our students explain why they love our PhD in Biblical Studies, what made them choose it and how it is impacting them as ministers and professionals.
Mark Meyer, Ph.D.
Director, PhD in Biblical Studies
“I aim to see each student equipped, enlightened and strengthened for their high calling to ministry.” — Dr. MeyerRead Bio
Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Samuel Harbin, D.Min.
Chair of Bible & Theology Department
“I want my students to deeply appreciate the importance of the gospel for every aspect of their life and ministry.” — Dr. HarbinRead Bio
Hobbies: Indiana Hoosiers basketball, playing stringed instruments, woodworking, hunting
“Him (Christ) we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (Col. 1:28)
Douglas Finkbeiner, Ph.D.
Professor and M.A.B.S. Director
“It is my great joy to know Christ and to minister His Word to others for His glory.” — Dr. FinkbeinerRead Bio
Joe Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Bible & Theology
“I want my students to know that learning doesn’t end in the classroom – it is where it begins.” — Dr. KimRead Bio
Hobbies: Bluegrass guitar, woodworking, scale modeling, Yo-Yoing
John Soden, Ph.D.
Professor of Bible & Theology
“My motivation for teaching can best be summarized by Paul’s words in Colossians 1:28 – “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (ESV). — Dr. SodenRead Bio
Ph.D.–Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas; 1989
Th.M.–Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas; 1983
B.S.–Biola University, La Mirada, California; 1978, Major: Physical Science; Minor: Mathematical Science
Hobbies: outdoor sports and activities, squash, travel, gardening, games with my family
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 (ESV)