Build your education on the firm foundation of scripture.
Dive Deeper into the Word.
Now is the perfect time to further your education by studying the Bible. Whether you’re preparing to enter into ministry, missions, or simply desire to know God and His word more fully, our associate’s degree in biblical studies will help you become prepared.
This degree option is designed for students who want two years of biblical education, along with the opportunity for specific concentrations with the addition of 12 elective credits.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” – 2 Timothy 3:16
Tony Shetter is both an alumnus of LBC and current faculty member. “Biblical higher education is important for the proper handling of God’s Word.” said Shetter, “And I’m thrilled to be a part of what’s happening at Lancaster Bible College.”
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
Daniel Carver, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bible & TheologyRead Bio
The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature
2017 Ph.D. in Semitic Languages and Literature
2013 M.A. in Semitic Languages and Literature
Lancaster Bible College & Graduate School (Lancaster, PA)
2011 M.A. in Bible
2009 B.S. in Biblical Studies
Hobbies: basketball, soccer, chopping wood, and camping.
Phil. 3:7-9a “7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him” (ESV)
Mark Farnham, PhD
Program Director, MABS in Christian Apologetics
“Young pastors face a far more complex world than previous generations, so be sure you get the best possible preparation for ministry.” — Dr. FarnhamRead Bio
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, travel, history, New England sports teams
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. Colossians 1:28-29 (ESV)
Gordon Gregory, D.Th.
Professor of Bible & Theology, Faculty Athletic Representative
“Theology is critical because God’s goal for his children is conformity to Christ and one of God’s chief means of transforming us into the image of Christ is knowledge of the truths of Scripture.” — Dr. GregoryRead Bio
Hobbies: Play squash, watching sports, walking, reading, number & word puzzles
Rom. 8:28-29; 2 Cor. 3:18
Albin Huss, Ph.D.
Professor of Bible & TheologyRead Bio
Hobbies: Spending time with grandkids, Reading, Gardening, Ping-Pong
Victor Jacobs, Ph.D
Professor of Bible & Theology
“I want my students to learn to fix their gaze on our Risen Savior, even as they deepen their understanding of His word.” — Dr. JacobsRead Bio
Hobbies: reading, travel, exercise
2 Corinthians 3.18
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
Associate Professor of Bible & TheologyRead Bio
Tony Shetter, Ph.D.
Assistant ProfessorRead Bio
Hobbies: farming, canoeing/kayaking
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
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)
This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of interpreting the Bible using the historical-grammatical-rhetorical method of interpretation. The course introduces students to key principles related to this method and then provides guidelines for applying these principles to determine the author’s originally intended meaning. Students learn how to integrate electronic tools into the process. The course concludes with suggestions on how to determine the relevance of these original thoughts to our own lives.
This course introduces students to theological and biblical thinking and studies. The course focuses on issues of methodology and approach (historically referred to as prolegomena). The doctrine of Scripture (bibliology) also receives attention. Students are introduced to major schools of theology and biblical interpretation both of the past and also the present.
This course surveys the books of the Pentateuch placing special emphasis on biblical beginnings and the development of the covenants as foundational for God’s working in the rest of Scripture. Attention is given to background matters, and critical and theological issues.
This course surveys the Historical books of the Old Testament from Joshua to Esther. Visibility is given to the poetic and prophetic books as they intersect Israel’s history. Attention is given to background matters, and critical and theological issues.
This course traces the development of the Church from its inception to the end of the 1st century AD. Particular attention is given to the growth and development of the early church as recorded in the Book of Acts, the exposition of the Book of Acts, and the historical contexts and themes of the New Testament writings.
The course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of redemption (soteriology), looking at the incarnation, the atonement, and the doctrine of regeneration (christology and pneumatology). The course also explores the new community of the redeemed, the church (ecclesiology). The future dimension of redemption, entailing the events of the last days (eschatology), receives attention.
Attention is given to the church’s interaction with culture, the events of the recent past that have shaped current horizons, to challenges facing the contemporary church, and to trends concerning the church in the near future. While exploring American Christianity, the course also looks at the global church. Analyses of the recent past, present, and near future focus on the church’s interaction with culture.
The NT Exegetical electives will provide guided practice in the exegesis of New Testament epistles. These courses will be coordinated with THE 224 (Christian Narrative II), which is a co requisite, providing students with the experience of moving from text to theological conclusions and helping them to integrate Bible study with theological study.
The purpose of this course is to challenge the student to discover the intersection of personal faith with a biblical worldview. The course examines the biblical narrative to identify God’s character and activity in the world. Definitions of worldview are explored, as are universal themes of life such as origin and identity. Students engage the biblical principles that enhance and promote personal awareness and spiritual growth. Interactive group setting and practices will help the student develop skills in community life, discipleship, and evangelism.
This course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of creation and fall. Attention is given to the nature, character, and work of God (trinitarinism) in creating and governing the universe, especially in his special relationship to humanity, creatures bearing the image of God (anthropology). Further attention is given to the issue of sin (hamartiology).