Biblical Theology Course Notes by Stephen T. Hague (2024)

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Biblical Theology Course Notes by Stephen T. Hague (2024)


How to learn biblical theology? ›

How to Start Studying Theology at Home and Church
  1. Read Scripture. ...
  2. Learn from Church and Small Group Bible Study. ...
  3. Learn from Reputable Theologians. ...
  4. Get Curious About Your Denomination. ...
  5. Pray as You Study. ...
  6. Apply for a Certificate Program. ...
  7. Pursue a Seminary Degree. ...
  8. Study Theology Online.
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What is the difference between theological studies and biblical studies? ›

Theology is the study of God while biblical studies is the study of the Bible itself. When you use the lens of biblical studies, you will study the Bible book by book. Theology takes a more topical approach. It divides the Bible into common themes or categories to better understand the overall message.

What does homiletics mean in the Bible? ›

Explanation. Homiletics, the art of preaching, studies both the composition and the delivery of religious discourses. It includes all forms of preaching, including sermons, homilies and catechetical instruction.

What is the study of Scripture called? ›

Theology is essentially a study of scripture. Theology comes from combining two Greek words: theos, meaning God, and logos, meaning word or rational thought. So theology is God-thought or rational reasoning about God. It is the human effort to understand the God of the scriptures.

Where can I study theology for free? ›

Free Online College Theology Courses
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. ...
  • Dallas Theological Seminary. ...
  • Christian Leaders Institute. ...
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. ...
  • Covenant Theological Seminary. ...
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. ...
  • St. ...
  • Denver Seminary.

How long does it take to learn theology? ›

A bachelor of theology is a 120–credit course that can be completed in four to five years. In this type of program, you'll delve into subjects like ethics and philosophy, while also deepening your understanding of biblical and historical theology.

Is biblical theology a degree? ›

They study how God works and how faith works. Through the biblical theology degree program, students construct a bigger picture of who God is and learn how to answer big questions and topics, such as the creation of the world.

Is biblical theology a science? ›

Starting from the simple, theology as a science is understood by its definition. Theology is not only understood narrowly as a philosophical formula, which is the science of God and God in nature as natural theology because God is not the object of study but begins with the meaning of the term.

Is theology the study of God or religion? ›

Theology is the study of Gods or deities and religions based on beliefs. From an academic perspective, courses in divinity and theology are a reference to studying traditions of Christianity from different viewpoints, which may be doctrinal, historical, or textual.

What are the 4 types of homiletics? ›

The four most common are: verse-by-verse, thematic, narrative, and topical.
  • Verse-by-verse preaching. Verse-by-verse preaching is the systematic reading and explanation of a biblical text. ...
  • Thematic expository (or doctrinal) preaching. ...
  • Narrative expository preaching. ...
  • Topical expository preaching.

What are the 5 steps of homiletics? ›

Making A Homiletical Outline
  • CONTENT LIST. Using only facts and words from the passage, restate the passage in 10 roughly equal segments. ...
  • DIVISIONS. Split the Content List into 3-5 divisions, aiming for less. ...
  • SUBJECT SENTENCE. Write one summary sentence with a max of 10 words. ...
  • AIM. ...
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What's the difference between exegesis and hermeneutics? ›

Biblical exegesis is the actual interpretation of the sacred book, the bringing out of its meaning; hermeneutics is the study and establishment of the principles by which it is to be interpreted.

What is the soap method of Bible study? ›

SOAP is a simple method for reading and applying God's word to our lives. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer and involves four simple steps: Scripture – Read a short Bible passage out loud and/or write it out. Observation – What do you notice about the verses?

What day was Jesus actually born? ›

English assumes that Zechariah's ministry in the Temple, as described in Luke 1:5–23, took place on Yom Kippur the year before Jesus's birth; he then traces Luke's narrative through the Annunciation and the birth of John the Baptist to conclude that the Nativity occurred on 25 December.

What are the four rules of hermeneutics? ›

There are four major types of biblical hermeneutics that have arisen throughout history, although only the first is widely accepted today amongst evangelical churches.
  • Literal Interpretation. ...
  • Moral Interpretation. ...
  • Allegorical Interpretation. ...
  • Anagogical Interpretation.
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What do I need to study theology? ›

In order to study theology, the most common basic requirement is for applicants to have experience in essay-writing. Studying at least one essay-based subject, such as English, history, philosophy or classics will help demonstrate the necessary skill to write theology essays.

Where should I study theology? ›

Explore courses
  • Religion and Theology. University of Bristol. ...
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  • Philosophy/Theology & Religious Studies. University of Glasgow. ...
  • Theology, Philosophy and Ethics. ...
  • Philosophy & Ethics and Religious Studies. ...
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  • Philosophy and Theology.

How many types of biblical theology are there? ›

The four types include biblical theology, historical theology, systematic (or dogmatic) theology, and practical theology.


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