Biblical Studies



"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:19

This Spring we are offering the companion course to Evangelism that was offered last semester. Discipleship builds on what was learned in Evangelsim, but Evangelsim is not a prerequisite. A thorough description of the course will be highlighted in Orientation. Please don't miss it. Like all courses it can be taken for credit or for information.  View our Schedule of Classes to find additional classes.

Biblical Studies



"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:19

Whether or not you have taken a course in Evangelism in the past, we can all use a refresher to help re-ignite the fire in our lives for lost souls. This Fall we are again offering a course in Evangelism. Like all courses it can be taken for credit or for information.  View our Schedule of ClassesView our Schedule of Classes to find additional classes.

Biblical Studies At A Glance


This diploma is awarded to students who complete 30 credits/10 courses in the First Level Track.

It is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum in the different aspects of the Bible including the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels.

Students of Biblical Studies will learn how to interpret the Bible within a historical context and look at the philosophical aspects of religion and practical aspects of ministry.


timelineStudents who enroll in the Biblical Studies track will learn to identify Biblical themes in each book of the Bible. They will be introduced to the primary characters, the author, the purpose, key events, historical contexts and more as they proceed through an overview of the 66 books of the Bible. Students will learn to identify in which division each book is located, and more.

We will teach students how to evangelize and disciple using time-proven methods. They will learn to apply these methods as they go about spreading the gospel; fulfilling the Great Commission.

lenox2The diploma in Biblical Studies may qualify graduates to become:
Youth Leaders
Christian Counselors
Worship Coordinators





Why study the feasts? What will be laid out in these feasts that will fill us up to overflowing? Why are the feasts important to us in the 21st Century as it was important in the Old Testament times? The Old Testament furnishes us with the shadow of things to come (Col.FEASTS 2:17 and Heb. 10:1). The one who loves the Lord understands His concern for the welfare of mankind and His dealings with His chosen people, is to understand the Lord Himself, and in particular, His grace.  Furthermore, understanding the connection of the Old Testament with the things of the New Testament enables a true searcher of scripture  to be fully equipped for every good work (2Tim. 3:14). 

The feasts emphasize the shedding of the blood of the Lamb that enables the redemption from the bondage of sin, the resurrection of Christ, as the firstfruit. We will also be looking at the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, and Trumpets. We see the future foretold with the wakening of the remnant of Israel, their repentance and restoration, and the blessings of the poor estranged, all of which manifests the glory and blessedness of the Kingdom of God. Many of the Bible’s most incredible prophecies about Christ are intricately hidden within the Jewish holidays and feasts of the Old Testament where you will find little-known, but astounding pictures that point to Christ’s deity, such as His ministry, the cross, His resurrection, even His second coming. This is just a little taste of what we will be covering in this class.

Many people refer to this period of time as the 400 years or silent years because there is a general belief that during these years from the closing of the Old Testament text with Malachi until the time of John the Baptist, you had roughly a 400-year period in which no prophet spoke in the land of Israel and no official text of scripture was being developed. It was as if God was silent; however, one needs to understand that though God may have seemed silent, He was not inactive. He was very much at work and that is what we will address in this Inter-testament course. 


Dr. D. W. Ekstrand stated after God delivered His final message through His prophet Malachi, He paused in His communication from men, for some 400 years. God’s silence was part of His eternal plan. He had spoken on numerous occasions and through various people; but He was now preparing to speak His greatest and most powerful word to mankind through His Son Jesus Christ. The pause added incredible emphasis to His monumental revelation. 


In this course, we will identify the two main sources by which we can note and speak of the moral and spiritual condition of the Jews, God’s chosen people. We will compare and contrast the dreams, the visions of King Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. Together we will explore the 6 historical eras  of this intertestamental time, and we will profile the leaders of each era and their impact on the Jesish nation. The 400 years of silence during the inter-testament period were broken by the greatest story ever told, and that story is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you’re intrigued by historical events, dates, ancient customs and people, this is the course for you.
What are the Poetic books? The Poetic books are Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Two of those books are also called wisdom books. Which two of them are called wisdom books? Right again - Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Those two books are included among the Poetic Books because they were written in Hebrew poetic style. Some expositors include Lamentations among the Poetic Books also, but we’ll be following the traditional list, which also are book followers, and Lamentations we will not be included. Now those  Poetic Books are not called the Poetic Books not because they are written in the Poetic styles that we are accustomed to, but because they are written in the Poetic form of the Hebrews at that time.


Our poetry is largely based on rhyme and rhythm, but Hebrew poetry is based on thoughts and concepts that are presented in a pattern or arranged in a particular way such as in an acrostic. One reason why we can’t really appreciate Hebrew poetry is because of the language barrier and in translating from Hebrew to English, much is lost. Pronunciation of words also and stressing of syllables cannot be captured in English as it is captured in the Hebrew. Even Jews today are unable to fully capture the poetry in those books because after more than 3,000 years, the language has changed much. Biblical Hebrew is different from today’s Hebrew so they can’t get the full flavor of the poetry in the Bible.


The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible. Sometimes it’s referred to as the Law of Moses. In the class we are going to discuss if the Laws of Moses should be referred to as the law.

    1. The Pentateuch is:Genesis--it’s the beginnings. Whose Beginnings? In Genesis, we are going to find some roots in there. Not only for Hebrews or Israelites, but for us as believers.
    2. Exodus is about deliverance. Whose deliverance?
    3. Leviticus is about holy living. Who is to live holy
    4. Numbers is about the organization of Israel.
    5. Deuteronomy is the summation of Moses’ perspective – how he looked backward, how he looked inward, and how he looked forward; and God’s purpose and the fall of Israel.

The objective of the class is to instruct the canonical organization of the Pentateuch. How does the scripture get in the Canon?

The the basic context. We are going to look at the world behind the text. That is the production of the text: the authorship, the sources. We are going to unfold and connect the stories to run into the theme that reveals God’s character and God’s purposes for using Israel to represent God.To reinforce the Bible student’s belief and extend a larger reality of God -- to walk away with a larger reality of God.

We will teach the Pentateuch like a narrative moving from the birth of a Nation, to the eve of Israel’s settlement in the Promised Land; and there’s more. Join us for this exciting journey through the Pentateuch.


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Raphael Newton
Raphael Newton
I grew up Catholic, worshipped idols, and practiced a mixture of what is in the Bible and the church's teachings. Bethel Bible Institute taught me to believe and practice only what is written in Scripture and study it systematically. The Word of God says, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."(2 Tim. 2:15 ). I now know that there is only one true and living God, and my Diploma in Bible Studies will enable me to win souls to Christ.
Beatrice Page
Beatrice Page
I have attended Bethel Bible Institute over a course of 10 years starting out taking one class at a time simply with the desire of a systematic study of the Bible as a new believer.  Since then I have progressed to obtaining my Bachelor's degree.  BBI has given me a solid foundation in my knowledge of the Word which has challenged me to grow, to study purposefully, and to share the Word with others.  Every course has been inspirational.  Each professor offers a wealth of Biblical knowledge and insight to instruct, edify and engage the students.
Will Johnson
Will Johnson
New Student since 2020

Romans 12.2 (KJV) states, in part, “…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, …”. Once you delight in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4-ESV). I was seeking a way to study God's word…BBI. When the best bible school in town decided to use the ZOOM platform to spread GOD'S word…BBI. I desired to learn HIS word to be a better leader for the men’s ministry I am apart of…BBI.

It's never too late to go back to school. It has been 30+ years since I was in a classroom environment. In May 2023, I should be obtaining the Biblical Studies diploma. Just give GOD your YES and allow HIM to do the rest.

Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett
I have found BBI to be a source of blessing.  It has allowed me to grow in the Word of God on a deeper level.
The teachers are not spoon feeding you but they challenge you to think, to not take things at the surface level, but to research what you are being taught , but most importantly, what does the Word of God say about that particular topic.  I have learned not to be a careless listener, but BBI has also created in me an insatiable  hunger to know God more and His love for us.
Christine Graves
Christine Graves
Since BBI is now online, it enables me to learn wherever I am. Attending BBI has increased my knowledge of God's Word. I've learned how the Old and New Testaments are connected, and iearning how to search the scriptures has increased my understanding more than I can say.

The instructors help bring the Bible to life by encouraging meaningful discussions that encourage thoughtful responses to the subject matter.

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