The college of the Presbyterian Church in America in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Biblical and Theological Studies

The department goals are:

  • to provide all students with general biblical and theological literacy and specifically with an understanding of the general content of biblical and theological truth in the Reformed tradition;
  • to provide ways to arrive at that truth and its relevance for the Church and society;
  • to apply to all students, and specifically Biblical Studies majors and minors, biblical and theological truth as the mold which transforms their heart, renews their mind, and shapes their lives;
  • to fit them with the lenses necessary for a biblical world- and life-view that paves the way to Kingdom activity in the Church and society;
  • to equip them with the biblical rationale for all their culture-related activities beginning with their understanding and appreciation of education from the perspective of the Christian faith;
  • to acquaint biblical studies majors and minors with the problems connected with biblical scholarship and the content of the Gospel over against the belief systems of the modern scene;
  • to empower them with an effective means to communicate the Christian faith in the contemporary scene and to develop a biblically-based apologetic for that faith;
  • to encourage all students in general and Biblical Studies majors and minors specifically to maximize the development of their talents and skills and to seek the advance of the Kingdom of God in the choice and exercise of their profession;
  • and specifically, to urge students with apparent qualifications and gifts for the ministry of the Gospel, whether in the United States or abroad, to consider the possibility of such calling.

 

Beatrice Brackin

Beatrice Brackin '16 reflects on how her faith has been shaped and strengthened through the academic rigor of her major and by the caring faculty of the Biblical & Theological Studies department.

Kateland Godat

"Missions Methods and Problems. It was the first time I had ever taken a class on missionary life. It really taught me a lot about missions and how it’s not this fairytale adventure that people expect it to be. People expect missionaries to be perfect people with perfect adventurous lives, but sometimes you’re just a regular fallen person doing the average daily activities, and that’s okay."
 - Kateland Godat '19

"Introduction to the Old Testament with Dr. Scott Jones. I feel like there are classes that teach you material and classes that teach you how to think. This was one of the first Bible classes that taught me to think about scripture, not just know it. Oh, and Dr. Jones is the man."
 - Robby Bell '17

Andrew Fultz

"Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. More distinctly than anything or anyone else at Covenant, Kapic has helped me understand what it means to intentionally pursue faithful living in every area of my life. This began in Doctrine I, but has also continued in his other classes like Doctrine II, Christology, and Christian Spirituality. One of the first concepts we wrestled with in Doctrine I discussed the dynamics of how not only does our theology inform our lives as acts of worship, but simultaneously our lives inform our theology. You’ll have to take a class with him to really begin to unpack what that means, but Kapic has really helped me grasp the significance of this idea and how to live in response to it."
 - Andrew Fultz '18
Dr. Scott Jones, professor of biblical studies, and John Holberg, director of library services, discuss the research processes students learn in the Current Issues in Biblical Studies course at Covenant College.