Biblical Studies (Associates)

Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies (AABS)

Build your education on the firm foundation of scripture.

Earn your Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies at LBC

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.

Why Should You Earn Your Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies at LBC?

  • Perfect for those looking for a biblical education in conjunction with professional training in another field.
  • Equips students with foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian history.
  • Learn from experienced pastors, ministers and scholars who have dedicated their lives to teaching the truths of the scriptures.
Your Journey

Program Credits: 61

Locations: Lancaster


Degree

Associates of Arts in Biblical Studies


Internships
Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past.

  • Intern at a Local Church
  • Intern at a Local Non-profit
  • Intern at a Local Christian School

Options

  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Accelerated)
  • Available as Minor

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” – 2 Timothy 3:16

A Closer Look: Biblical Studies

Featured Alumnus: Tony Shetter (’98)

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.”

Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Samuel Harbin

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. Harbin

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Dr. Douglas Finkbeiner

Professor

“It is my great joy to know Christ and to minister His Word to others for His glory.” — Dr. Finkbeiner

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Dr. Joe Kim

Professor

“I want my students to know that learning doesn’t end in the classroom – it is where it begins.” — Dr. Kim

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Dr. John Soden

Professor

“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. Soden

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Dr. Mark Farnham

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. Farnham

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Sample Course Outline

BIB 105 – Biblical Hermeneutics

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.

THE 105 – Prelude to Biblical & Theological Studies

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.

BIB 103 – Creation & Covenants: OT I

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.

BIB 104 – Israel’s Life & Literature: OT II

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.

BIB 204 – Early Church: NT II

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 224 – Christian Narrative II: Redemption

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.

THE 323 – Christianity & Culture

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.

BNT – Bible New Testament Exegetical Elective

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.

Careers and Jobs in Biblical Studies

 

  • Ministry Leader
  • Missions

 

  • Social Service Opportunities

What’s your next step?