Why Biblical Studies?

Study alongside internationally recognized scholars and mentors in one of the largest and most dynamic Religious Studies departments in North America.

Why Biblical Studies?

Study alongside internationally recognized scholars and mentors in one of the largest and most dynamic Religious Studies departments in North America.

Prepare to be educated, challenged, and transformed by entering the Biblical Studies program at Trinity Western University.

Our students explore Jewish and Christian Scriptures, both historically and theologically, in order to gain an understanding of how these texts have profoundly shaped past and present communities of faith.

Led by our close-knit faculty of committed and active scholars in the Department of Religious Studies, our students are encouraged to broaden their understanding of Scripture and to investigate current critical issues within the discipline of Biblical Studies. As our students advance in their studies, they gain a comprehensive understanding of biblical texts.

Our students learn to formulate their own contributions to scholarly conversations, along with the skills to communicate these ideas in a manner that is professional, compelling, and—ultimately—faith affirming.


  • A major in Biblical Studies, leading to a BA (Honours) degree
  • A major in Biblical Studies, leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration
  • A minor


GREEK 235 • Elementary New Testament Greek

An introduction to Koine Greek designed to prepare you to read the Greek New Testament and other Koine period texts from a grammatical, historical, and theological perspective.

RELS 320 • Dead Sea Scrolls

A survey of the texts and major critical issues concerning the scrolls: their origin, interpretation of the Old Testament, and background to the New Testament.

RELS 342 • Psalms and Wisdom Literature

An introduction to the place, function, and form of the Psalms and wisdom literature within the context of other ancient Near Eastern literature, including an analysis of selected examples such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.


Graduates of our Biblical Studies program are well prepared to continue their studies toward a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies or a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. These research-based graduate programs prepare our students to excel at doctoral studies and serve in academic and ministry contexts around the world. Our Biblical Studies graduates go on to many other vocational callings including pastoral ministry, NGO work, missions, politics, and law.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

The Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University promotes research in the Qumran scrolls, many of which have been made public only recently.

Careers in Biblical Studies
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Biblical studies graduates can find work in a wide variety of occupations including:

  • International work
  • Missions work
  • Teaching
  • Ministry
  • Counselling

Faculty Profiles

Craig Allert, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies and History
Director MA in Biblical Studies
Coordinator Christianity and Culture Program

Craig Broyles, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Dirk Büchner, D. Litt.

Professor of Biblical Studies

Kent Clarke, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies; Brooke Foss Westcott Professorship of New Testament Textual Criticism, Greek Studies, and Hermeneutics; Chair, Religious Studies Department
Tony Cummins

Tony Cummins, D.Phil.

Professor of Religious Studies

Jonathan Dawn, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Retired)

Kyle R.L. Parsons, M.A., Ph.D. (cand.)

Part-time Instructor of Religious Studies

Joanne Pepper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Coordinator, Inter-Cultural Religious Studies

Jim Scott, Dr. theol.

Professor of Religious Studies

Archie Spencer

Associate Professor of Theology at ACTS Seminaries, J.H. Pickford Distinguished Chair of Systematic Theology for Northwest Baptist Seminary, Religious Studies