Bachelor’s Degree In Old Testament Studies
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 21, 2023
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Start a Life of Ministry with a Degree in Religious Studies – Old Testament

Are you excited about the idea of pursuing a life of ministry? Do you feel that God has called you to serve Him in this way? Maybe you feel called to be a pastor, an author, a church planter, or a Christian educator. Our Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies: Old Testament degree provides the biblical background you need to start working in ministry immediately after graduation or to attend graduate school or seminary.

One of the best things about a religious studies degree is the multitude of career options you’ll have by earning this degree. The Old Testament specialization provides an inductive study of the books of the Old Testament. You’ll explore the history of the Christian faith, the judges and prophets, and where the events of the Old Testament fall in the timeline of history, all the way up to the time of Jesus.

You may be interested in working with a church, parachurch, or nonprofit; authoring the next great Christian novel; leading a women’s ministry; or doing missions work abroad. This degree prepares you for whatever path you decide to take in ministry.

So don’t wait any longer! You want to serve God and others. Start this journey today with our religious studies: Old Testament degree. We’re going to make sure you have all the tools you need to excel during your lifetime of ministry.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Religious Studies: Old Testament Degree?

At Liberty, our motto is Training Champions for Christ. We work hard to make sure the degrees we offer provide everything you need to be successful in your field. That’s why we deliver professional training, expansive resources, and the latest technology for you to utilize as you pursue your degree.

One of the most valuable assets we have at Liberty is our professors. They are professionals with years of ministerial experience and are working on or have already earned doctoral degrees in ministry-related fields. They are excited to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained in their own ministries as they guide, teach, mentor, and support you on your academic journey with us.

Other great benefits available to you in your religious studies degree are the academic resources. Our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity’s Freedom Tower houses a massive scriptorium with a 111-ft. 16th century Torah scroll and a working replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press. Plus, you’ll have access to our 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive classroom that utilizes teleconferencing capabilities, and our state-of-the-art homiletics teaching lab, allowing you to practice, record, and critique your own sermons.

What Will You Learn in Our Religious Studies: Old Testament Degree?

Our desire is to provide you with a curriculum that will prepare you for any career path you choose in your field. With all of the knowledge you’ll gain from our religious studies degree, you’ll be well prepared to attend seminary or immediately start pursuing your career in ministry.

Since you are going into the ministry, you’ll need a strong foundational knowledge of the Bible. Our courses cover topics like hermeneutics, world religions, Christian evidences, fundamental theological issues, and the book of Romans. By choosing our Old Testament cognate, you’ll have the unique opportunity to conduct inductive studies of each of the books of the Old Testament. Your courses will include some of the following:

  • An inductive study of Genesis and Isaiah
  • Old Testament backgrounds, poetic books, and theology

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!

Featured Courses

BIBL 350 – Inductive Bible Study

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to the basic steps and tools involved in the inductive study of the Bible
  • The skills needed to practice a methodical approach to the observation, interpretation, application, and correlation to Scripture

BIBL 425 – Romans

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An analytical and exegetical study of Romans
  • Attention will be given to the following doctrinal issues: condemnation, justification, sanctification, the place of Israel, and practical Christian living

BIBL 480 – Hermeneutics

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the nature, methods, and issues of biblical interpretation
  • A variety of different approaches to biblical interpretation
  • Demonstration of the crucial importance of hermeneutics
  • The role genre plays in interpretation
  • Students will develop their own hermeneutical method

RLGN 350 – World Religions

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The basic principles and practices of the most significant world religions
  • Points of contact and cultural opportunities for effective communication, understanding, and engagement
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Highlights of Our Religious Studies – Old Testament Degree

  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity professors are active in the classroom, as well as in research and publishing original works.
  • Our School of Divinity is committed to the authority of Scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
  • Benefit from the teaching and professor involvement of a small bible college with the experience and amenities of a university.
  • Internship opportunities with churches and parachurch organizations locally, nationally, and globally.
  • The Freedom Tower, home for the School of Divinity, houses a 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive meeting space that utilizes teleconferencing capabilities, and a state-of-the-art homiletics teaching lab.
  • The Rawlings Foundation’s rare book collection is valued at over 1 million dollars and contains a 111-foot long Torah scroll dating back to the 16th century and a functioning Gutenberg Printing Press replica.

Religious Studies – Old Testament Degree Information

    Career Opportunities for Religious Studies – Old Testament Graduates

    • Archaeologist
    • Author
    • Christian educator
    • Church administrator
    • Evangelist
    • Para-church ministries leader
    • Pastor
    • Theologian

    Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

    Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

    • Admission application
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
    • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
    • Admission essay

    *Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.