Online Courses in Christian Bible Study
Some of the most common Christian Bible study classes include:
- Elements of Bible Study: Students learn about the methods, principles and tools used in Bible study. They explore the canon of the scripture and the changes that occurred from the original writings to modern versions of biblical texts. Individuals learn how to observe, ask interpretative questions, outline passages, identify figurative and literal writing and apply principles found in the Bible.
- Introduction to Old Testament Literature: This online course reviews the entire Old Testament to understand ideas, including redemption, consummation, creation and transgression. Students survey the significance of the eschatological covenants and explore the Old Testament through cultural and historical context.
- Gospel of John: This course reviews the life, work and teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the gospel according to John. Students examine each chapter of John's writing and discuss the key points.
- Book of Acts: This online Christian Bible study course explores the six major sections of the book of Acts, which begins with the story of the first 30 years of the Christian church. Students learn about the Jerusalem Council, the purpose of baptism and the growth of the church throughout Western civilization.
- The Genesis Course: Students in this online course are introduced to the Bible and doctrines originating in Genesis, including the origin of mankind, civilization, sin and evil, as well as the universe as seen through Christianity. Stories about biblical personalities such as Jacob, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac help students understand how the Bible has inspired people to trust and follow God. Students also compare how Genesis has contributed to the growth of world civilization.
- The World of the Corinthians: This online course introduces the two canonical letters of Paul to the Corinthians and the efforts made to correct the problems that members of a church in Corinth faced while trying to conform to Christianity when the communities around them did not. The course discusses the differences between Christian and non-Christian behavior, and helps individuals understand how to interpret the scripture.
- Deuteronomy: This course introduces students to the Book of Deuteronomy, an important chapter in the Old Testament. Students will examine the Book's historical and spiritual significance, studying both the Book's place in the bible as well as the teachings within the Book itself.
- Book of Matthew: In this course, students learn about the Gospel of Matthew. In addition to the text of the book, students study its geographical, historical and cultural context. The gospel's content may is also compared to the other Synoptic Gospels.
- Book of Daniel: This course covers the text, authorship and chronology of the book of Daniel. Emphasis is placed on the historical reliability of this book.
Online Bible study programs offered at theological schools are often offered as part of a Bachelor of Arts in a religious field or a certificate in Christian leadership program. These programs help prepare graduates for jobs as missionaries, pastors, counselors, religious education professionals and church administrators.
Individuals who want to study the Christian Bible in an academic context can find online courses that cover texts in both the Old and New Testaments.