Knowledgeably Interpret and Embody Scripture’s Witness

Faithful interpretation and embodiment of Scripture is of crucial importance for Christian faith, witness, and leadership. The emphasis in Biblical Studies helps students cultivate informed practices of biblical interpretation—gaining a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the theology, languages, and history of the Bible—so that they are equipped to proclaim and enact Scripture’s witness in a diversity of contexts, wherever they serve.

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Students take courses like these

Old Testament Book Studies

Many courses offer deep study of specific Old Testament books in either English or Hebrew—Psalms, Exodus, Deuteronomy, and others—allowing students to follow their interests

New Testament Book Studies

Students choose from a number of courses focusing on particular books of the New Testament in either English or Greek: Romans, Galations, Hebrews, any of the Gospels, and others

Women in the Old Testament: Text and Context

Focusing on the stories of selected women, students learn to critically reflect on the role of gender for transformational discipleship, mission, and ministry

Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament

Students develop a biblically based, theological approach to identity by exploring the relationship between racial, ethnic, and Christian identity

Jesus, the Church, and Violence

Examining violence according to the New Testament, students consider how the church is called to understand violence in, among, and against us and others


Students can pursue this emphasis at all six Fuller campuses or online, enabling them to remain in their ministry and home contexts if they wish.


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There's nothing more exciting than standing in front of a class talking about the Old Testament—or thinking about the questions that online students raise. I love it when they discover how interesting and encouraging and challenging the Old Testament is.
John Goldingay
David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament
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Scripture is central—to the Christian life, to the life and witness of the church. So the Bible is central to the formation of Christian leaders of all kinds. Courses in this emphasis give students more opportunity to dig deep, and to grapple with the history, literature, theology, and languages of the Bible. Plant your feet here, and be prepared for discipleship and ministry anywhere!
Joel B. Green
Provost, School of Theology Dean, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation
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In this emphasis, students engage the Scriptures in their social and historical contexts, while always asking how Scripture forms the life of the community and the individual. This work requires not only an engagement with the past, but also always with our contemporary situations of life, ministry, and work. Our hope is that students will grow in both knowledge and wisdom as we study together.
Marianne Meye Thompson
George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament


J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament

David J. Downs, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies

Richard Erickson, Associate Professor of New Testament

G. Tommy Givens, Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies

John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament

Joel B. Green, Provost, Dean, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation

Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Mignon R. Jacobs, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament,

Kyong-Jin Lee, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

Pamela J. Scalise, Professor of Old Testament

Love L. Sechrest, Associate Professor of New Testament

Marianne Meye Thompson, George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament

Stephen E. Young, Assistant Professor of New Testament


Choose the Biblical Studies emphasis with these degrees

Master of Divinity

Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

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