Bible & Theology

If you want to thoroughly investigate truth, Scripture and God's character, this major is for you. Pursue one of three advanced concentrations — Biblical Studies, Theological Studies or Biblical Languages — while you earn the best Bible and Theology degree in the country.

Job outlook

Bible and Theology graduates have been immersed in an extensive study covering every book and section of the Bible. They have also been connected to the best in linguistic, historical and literary studies while being trained to apply biblical and theological principles to life in today’s world. These skills produce graduates who are well-equipped for careers in churches, nonprofits and all types of businesses. 

Points of distinction

  • This program is extremely thorough; you will be studying the entire Bible instead of taking a broad survey approach.
  • Multnomah has a reputation as one of the nation's premiere trainers in Bible and theology.
  • The program is focused on personal growth; one of the goals of each Bible and theology course is to challenge students in their own spiritual formation.
  • Unlike most majors, a Bible and Theology major is a solid foundation for any career.

Outcomes

You will gradate with:

  • Preparation for life and vocation, whatever your future career paths may be.
  • The means for seeing all of life and work through the lens of God’s enduring truth.
  • An excellent foundation for seminary, mission work or any other Christian vocational training.
  • An exceptional base for graduate work in biblical studies or theology.

Student story

Russ Hersman gained the skills he needed to build a long-standing career at Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Common career paths

  • Bible translation
  • Business
  • Education
  • Church leadership
  • Evangelism
  • Nonprofit work
  • Writing
  • Research

Positions Bible and Theology graduates have held

  • Chief Executive Officer, Saddleback Leather Company
  • Chief Operations Officer, Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Owner, Cherry Tree Preschool
  • Co-founder, Sincerely Truman
  • Editor, Christianity Today
  • Director of Education, Dream Center Academy
  • Marketing Specialist, Adidas
  • Worship Leader, Iglesia Del Nazareno
  • Development Director, Portland Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Professor, Azusa Pacific University
  • Distinguished Scholar of Hebrew Texts and Western Region Director, Green Scholars Initiative
  • Graphic Designer, Anders Printing Company
  • Owner, M25 Productions

Graduate schools to which Bible and Theology graduates have been accepted

  • Cambridge
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Fordham University
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Idaho State University
  • Marquette University
  • Oxford
  • Pepperdine University
  • UCLA
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • University of Notre Dame

Online option

Our Bible and Theology program is fully available online. That means you can earn your degree anywhere, anytime. Learn more about MU Online.

Next steps

Meet your professors

  • Dr. Mark Belokonny Dr. Mark Belokonny Summit Director , Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
  • Prof. Dan Christiansen Prof. Dan Christiansen Bible and Theology
  • Dr. Mike Gurney Dr. Mike Gurney Theology and Philosophy
  • Dr. Brad Harper Dr. Brad Harper Bible and Theology, MATS Program Director
  • Dr. Tom Hauff Dr. Tom Hauff Bible and Theology
  • Dr. Rex A. Koivisto Dr. Rex A. Koivisto Assistant Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Bible & Theology Division Chair, Professor Biblical Languages
  • Dr. Karl Kutz Dr. Karl Kutz Biblical Languages Chair, Professor Biblical Languages and Bible
  • Dr. Ray Lubeck Dr. Ray Lubeck Bible and Theology
  • Dr. Joseph Zichterman Dr. Joseph Zichterman Bible and Theology

spring 2016 bible theology Courses:

lecture

BIB104 (01) Bible Study Methods Dr. Ray Lubeck
BIB104 (02) Bible Study Methods Dr. Tom Hauff
BIB108 (01) NT Literature: Gospels and Acts Dr. Rex Koivisto
BIB108 (02) NT Literature: Gospels and Acts Dr. Rex Koivisto
BIB108 (03) NT Literature: Gospels and Acts Dr. Karl Kutz
BIB108 (R1) NT Literature: Gospels and Acts Mr. Brandon Evans
BIB306 (01) Text and Canon Dr. Rex Koivisto
BIB306 (R1) Text and Canon Mr. James Slavin
BIB312 (01) NT Literature: Pauline Epistles Dr. Tom Hauff
BIB312 (02) NT Literature: Pauline Epistles Dr. Tom Hauff
BIB312 (03) NT Literature: Pauline Epistles Mr. Daniel Christiansen
BIB332 (01) Prison Epistles Dr. Tom Hauff
BIB341 (R1) Psalms Mr. John McKendricks
BIB348 (01) Hermeneutics Dr. Rex Koivisto
BIB348 (R1) Hermeneutics Mr. James Hull
BIB348 (R1) Hermeneutics Mr. Dave Pastrell
BIB402 (01) NT Literature: Hebrews - Revelation Dr. Ray Lubeck
BIB402 (02) NT Literature: Hebrews - Revelation Dr. Ray Lubeck
BIB402 (03) NT Literature: Hebrews - Revelation Dr. Ray Lubeck
BIB402 (R1) NT Literature: Hebrews - Revelation Mr. William Osgood
TH 308 (01) Theology II Dr. Paul Metzger
TH 308 (02) Theology II Dr. Bradley Harper
TH 308 (03) Theology II Dr. Michael Gurney
TH 406 (01) NT Biblical Theology Dr. Ray Lubeck
TH 408 (01) Senior Theology: Hist of Th & Doctrine Dr. Michael Gurney
TH 408 (02) Senior Theology: Hist of Th & Doctrine Dr. Bradley Harper
TH 408 (03) Senior Theology: Hist of Th & Doctrine Dr. Bradley Harper
TH 408 (R1) Senior Theology: Hist of Th & Doctrine Mr. Timothy Allen