Biblical and Theological Studies

Bible and theological studies explores the foundation and development of the church history and equips students for ministry, seminary or graduate school. Students study the original biblical languages and explore faith philosophies, church history, evangelical theology and the power of authentic church ministry.

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Students and professors share what makes JBU's Biblical and theological studies program unique.

Explore Ancient Cultures

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #1

Explore Ancient Cultures

Spend a summer working on an archaeological excavation in Jordan uncovering the ancient city of Abila of the Decapolis with Dr. Dave Vila for college credit.

Lead a Ministry

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #2

Lead a Ministry

Gain ministry experience leading a campus ministry, organizing community outreach programs or serving on JBU’s Student Ministry Leadership Team.

Study a Semester Abroad

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #3

Study a Semester Abroad

Travel to Oxford University to work one-on-one with an expert in your field of study, research in the world’s most exhaustive library and attend weekly lectures by some of the most brilliant minds in the world — all for JBU credit.

Join Theta Alpha Kappa

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #4

Join Theta Alpha Kappa

Join JBU’s chapter of the honors society for students in religion and theological studies for stimulating debates, educational activities and challenging academic exploration.

Experience Denominational Diversity

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #5

Experience Denominational Diversity

JBU is an interdenominational school where students and faculty explore a beautiful convergence of differing theological positions and practice.

Get into Graduate School

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #6

Get into Graduate School

JBU’s graduates are getting their graduate degrees from schools like Princeton, Duke, Denver Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Present your Position

Seven Reasons to Study Biblical and Theological Studies at JBU

Reason #7

Present your Position

Each year JBU students present papers at national academic conferences like The Southwest Conference of the American Academy of Religion or the Truman State University Conference on Philosophy and Religion.

Maxie Burch

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Maxie Burch

Professor of Biblical Studies

As a historian and theologian, Maxie Burch is convinced that God is pretty big and therefore a great mystery that one lifetime will be insufficient to figure out.

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological
B.A., The Citadel

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Cary Balzer

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Cary Balzer

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Before JBU, Balzer served in pastoral ministry in Seattle. He teaches various classes, including one on the theology of C.S. Lewis.

Ph. D., Univ. of Manchester, England
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Univ. of Manchester, England
B.A., Seattle Pacific University

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Charles Raith

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Charles Raith

Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy

Raith started the Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture at JBU, which navigates the complex landscape of churches.

Ph.D., Ave Maria University
M.Th., Regent College
M.Div., Beeson Divinity School
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

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James Blankenship

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James Blankenship

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

A former lawyer, Blankenship trains in martial arts.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A.T.S., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
J.D., Vanderbilt Univ. School of Law
B.A., Indiana University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Joey Morningstar '12

Joey Morningstar '12

Morningstar is working toward a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. “My professors taught me that Scripture is a powerful means by which God becomes present to his people. At JBU, I met people more provoked by God's interests than their own and that has stuck with me.”