Bachelor of Theology BTh


We're glad that you are considering the Bible Institute of South Africa as your study home for three years. 

 Our BISA motto is "To know Christ and to make Him known" and, we pray, it will be yours too.  With us you'll find no ivory tower of theory or theology, just gritty, practical and challenging times of study, service, prayer and fellowship.  

What will I study in the BTh? 

The three year course curriculum is published on this page

What is BISA's goal for each student?

Whatever studies you undertake at the Bible Institute we have a goal for you  >> Philosophy of Education

Who will my classmates be?

We don't know who will be in your specific year but students one or two years ahead of you come from all walks of life and many nationalities, and they're already at the Bible Institute. To see what they get up to go here >>Picture Gallery 

What else will I do on campus?

You will be involved in a number of practical ministry opportunities. You'll be expected to put your hand to the wheel as you scan the hoizon because we believe that bible Training is not just books, lectures and exams. At the Bible Institute we prepare men and women for servanthood ministry - and that takes a lot of practice - just ask any person in fulltime christian work.  So as a student, whether you live on or off campus, you will take part in BISA's Open Day, Gardening Days, the annual FunTrail Run, Missions Events & prayer times, Ministry Week (could be outside of Cape Town) and attendance at chapel services as well as being part of a weekly fellowship group. But you're not alone here, the lecturers and most of the staff are doing it with you.

In order to experience Christian Community life and benefit from the multi-cultural ethos at the Bible Institute, residence on-campus, although not compulsory, is encouraged.

It promises to be a life-changing experience! 

What is the BISA Motto?

The BISA motto is "To know Christ and to make Him known" For the meaning and significance of our LOGO go here >>LOGO

How do I apply?

For all your application details go here  >> Application process

To find out more and to meet some BISA lecturers call us on 021 7884116 for coffee, a sit-in lecture and a campus tour.

BTh three-year curriculum

BTh Year 1

Bachelor of Theology 1st year


FIRST YEAR – SEMESTER 1 (LEVEL 5)

Academic English

This course develops the student’s ability to study, read and write in academic and non-academic settings.  In addition, it is designed to develop and enrich the student’s understanding of advanced skills in academic literacy and to further their knowledge and understanding of computer and information literacy.  Effective Christian ministry requires skill in reading and competency in clear written communication, which this course seeks to develop. 

Missions, Evangelism and Discipleship

This course is designed to teach the student to understand the church’s evangelistic mission throughout church history and in the world. It will challenge students to think biblically about the theology and practice of Christ-centred witness, missions, and discipleship as they investigate the full range of what it means to reach the unreached, both locally in Africa and globally, and how to properly disciple converts to the Christian faith.

Christian Education

This course equips the student to educate children, adolescents and adults holistically. This course teaches educational strategies with a strong emphasis on the biblical foundations for Christian education in theology and family dynamics. Students learn to lead effective church-based ministries and develop introductory skills in the traditional classroom setting.

Hermeneutics

This course is an introduction to hermeneutics – the interpretation of the Bible. It is designed to give students a general understanding of the Bible, its books, and the different types of literature used in it, while developing the skills to interpret the Bible effectively. It includes an historical survey of past methods and mistakes underlining the importance of the historical-grammatical approach.

Theology 1:  Scripture

This course is an introduction to hermeneutics – the interpretation of the Bible. It is designed to give students a general understanding of the Bible, its books, and the different types of literature used in it, while developing the skills to interpret the Bible effectively. It includes an historical survey of past methods and mistakes underlining the importance of the historical-grammatical approach.


FIRST YEAR – SEMESTER 2 (LEVEL 5)

Early and Medieval Church History

This course is an introductory survey of the history of the Church from the Apostolic Period beginning at Pentecost (AD 30) to the start of the Protestant Reformation (AD 1517). Key political, cultural, and theological factors will be investigated both in the early centuries of the Christian faith and through the Medieval period.

Homiletics 1

This course focuses on the vast area of public communication and in particular the preaching ministry. The primary focus is on the various theoretical components that make up the sermon. Emphasis is placed on an expository model of preaching and the importance of having a Christ-centred focus in all biblical communication.

New Testament Studies 1:  Synoptic Gospels

This course is an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels and their message in the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of the first century. This course will address the various issues involved in the interpretation of these Gospels. It will provide an overview of the ministry and teaching of Jesus, and the purpose and theology of each of the Synoptic Gospels. There will be a particular focus on Mark’s Gospel in this course.

Old Testament Studies 1:  Pentateuch

This course builds upon the foundations that are laid in Old Testament Studies 1: Introduction and applies them to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The specific canonics of each book are examined with a view to understanding the primary theological issues and trajectories they describe within redemptive history. Additionally, the student will be introduced to various issues surrounding the origin of the earth within a biblical framework.

Theological Ethics 1

This course examines the questions of right and wrong from a biblical perspective. Alternative ethical options are briefly mentioned, while the principles involved in making Christian ethical decisions are examined from both Old and New Testaments. Contemporary social ethical problems are presented by student research and discussed by all. Global and local issues are also covered.

 

 

Expect this at collegeHard workLiving with other culturesLots of studyA deeper walk with ChristQuiet timesOpen DayFellowship groupsExamsCamp!Lots of readingMore readingEven more readingSharing mealswriting 2000-word papersAccess to 2 million booksWeekly ChapelMeeting Christian WorkersFootball on the grassIn depth class studyQuiet Retreat DaysPraying for MissionsComputer room accessUnderstanding ScriptureVolleyball on the lawnPraying togetherWell-stocked LibraryBeach walksGraduationCampus dutiesThinking through ethicsGardening DaySolid Bible teachingSocial eventsGrappling with difficult scriptureLearning tolerance & patienceBI ladies' meetingsBI guys' meetingsHands-on Ministry experienceUp to 14 lectures per weekMeeting deadlinesLearning Research skillsThe sound of the wavesCape Town stormsLearning about yourselfHebrew & Greek readingMaking friends for life

Please note:

Our accreditation with the CHE provides assurance that the quality of our programmes is of the highest standard. Our programmes are nationally and internationally recognised by other selected universities and the credits earned with us can be transferred to other selected accredited, registered institutions.

Legal Status

The Bible Institute of South Africa is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act.  Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002.

The Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA) is registered as a Section 21 company (Reg. no. 2004/011004/08) and a PBO (930007962).

Information posted 2nd June 2020

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