About BISA

The Bible Institute of South Africa was founded in 1923 and was established as an evangelical and interdenominational training centre. From the very beginning it has been our aim to train and equip men and women to know Christ and to make Him known.

BISA has a long record of consistently and faithfully training ministers, missionaries, lecturers, teachers and church workers in Bible and theology. Moreover, many Christians have been better prepared for effective witness in the professional world. Students are drawn from, and go out to minister in, many different countries in Africa and the wider world.

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NEWSLINE November 2014 page 1

This latest BI Newsline contains news about the Fun Trail Run, the visit of Dr Bob Yarbrough and Bill Shields plus info on what our grads will be up to next year. Grab a coffee and relax.

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'Mark by the Book' - an Author's perspective


Mark by the Book (P&R 2013) is a recently published work authored by Dr.  Pete Smuts,  the Dean of post-graduate studies at the Bible Institute.  Dr. Smuts advocates a ‘multidirectional’ hermeneutic to interpret the Synoptic Gospels - downwards, sideways, backwards, and forwards, using the Gospel of Mark to illustrate this approach. The downwards direction focuses on the immediate literary context of the particular text. The sideways direction focuses on parallels to that text in the other Synoptic Gospels. The backwards direction focuses on the Old Testament background to the text whilst the forward direction focuses on relevant passages in the rest of the New Testament. This model compels readers to interpret the gospels against the broader sweep of redemptive history.  

P&R Press Blog has published this interview with Pete.
Dr. Peter Smuts is the Dean of post-graduate studies at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He lectures NT Interpretation and Biblical Greek.  He is married to Dagi and they have four children, and a grandson.

View the interview here: http://prpbooks.com/blog/2014/10/author-interview-with-p-w-smuts/

Why is theological training important?

I couldn't stand it anymore, I felt ready to get up and scream.  Well, maybe not scream, but just walk out...

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  • BI has been a great blessing to me in a way that words cannot explain. I do not regret coming to BI at all. I have experiences growth in my life, especially in handling the Word of God with diligence. Now I can preach and do Bible Studies with confidence knowing that I have been equipped with the right tools that will help me in my ministry for the rest of my life.
    -Sizwe Maseti (2nd-yr BTh)
  • Viv met Margie Campbell whilst studying at the Bible Institute. They married some time later and this is what he says... "Everything Margie and I do now, every decision we make, is rooted in our worldview that we received at BI"
    -Vivian Potgieter (Campus Minister with the YMCA at Bellville CPUT)
  • "My experience at BI is without doubt one of the greatest blessings the Lord has enriched my life with. I never would have anticipated such equipping for ministry by way of Christ-centred lectures from godly people, stimulating conversations, interactions with friends of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds, and simply just doing life on campus."
    -Victor Emma-Ad amah (Current BTh (Hons) student)
  • Before coming to BI I was battling with assurance of salvation, a struggle that had been consuming my life for years. During the year I spent there among godly lecturers and fellow students, God just opened my eyes to what he had already been doing in my life through this struggle. I saw Him at work, and experienced Him in ways I never could have imagined.
    -Janie Slabbert (graduated 2011, studying BA Language and Culture...)