Earn your Bible degree from an accredited college.
Know God’s Word
If you’re longing to dig deeper into the scriptures, have a hunger to know Him more intimately and a desire to serve Him in a broad range of ministries, consider pursuing biblical studies at Lancaster Bible College.
With LBC’s flexible biblical studies major, you’ll become rooted in the truth and authority of the scriptures through challenging Bible classes taught by professors with many years of ministry and education experience. Students in our bachelors in Bible program can also choose a minor area of study, to equip you with real-world skills for life and ministry after LBC.
You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to put your classroom knowledge into practice in a professional setting through the major’s internship and practicum requirements. Plus, the biblical studies major gives you the flexibility to select 39 credits from any professional department – allowing you to mix and match courses for training in various types of ministry. And adult learners can choose to earn their Bible degree online through Lancaster Bible College’s accelerated undergraduate degrees program.
If you’re ready to learn more about God, yourself, and His plan for your life, join the biblical studies major at LBC.
With LBC’s four-year biblical studies major, students will take Bible courses and have the flexibility to select nearly 40 credits from any professional department. Students are required to select a minor concentration. This major is especially valuable for transfer students from accredited and non-accredited higher education institutions.
This two-year option offers a flexible curriculum for the student who has already earned an associate, bachelor’s or RN degree and has a desire to further their education through the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.
“…for the word of God is alive and active.” – Hebrews 4:12a
Does biblical education matter? Lancaster Bible College’s alumni and students – who serve as a Deputy Press Secretary, the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of Year and in so many other roles, both big and small – believe it does.
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
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)
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)
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
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.
“Biblical higher education is important for the proper handling of God’s Word.” – Dr. ShetterRead 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 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.
Any course taught by a department offering majors (excluding Bible & Theology).
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).
Any non-required BIB, BOT, BNT or THE course.
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 OT Exegetical elective will provide guided practice in the exegesis of Old Testament books. These courses will be coordinated with THE 223, which is a co requisite, providing students with the experience of moving from text to theological conclusions.
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.
This course examines traditions and cultures according to a biblical worldview in order to better understand how the different aspects of human history, art, science, philosophy, and society have shaped and been shaped by Christian belief.
This introduction to the history and practice of archaeology also includes a study of significant archaeological finds as they illuminate both the Old and New Testaments.
This course examines the ancient Near Eastern context of the Old Testament Scriptures, considering peoples, literature, material culture, and historical backgrounds in order to illuminate the meaning of the Old Testament text in its world.