Biblical Studies

Methodologies, both past and present, are introduced and utilized in order to help students comprehend the Bible’s message in its original cultural setting and to consider its implications for a contemporary audience.

The Department of Biblical Studies enables those desiring to prepare for professional ministry or graduate studies to gain entry-level knowledge and skills including Christian education and spiritual formation. 

About the Degree

Starting freshman year, students receive instruction directly from their professors, instead of just meeting a list of assignments and deadlines on their own. Olivet professors have a long track record of research, practical experience and mentoring students. Students may choose a concentration from various options.

Biblical Studies


  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Greek
  • Hebrew 

Serving the Church

Students are encouraged to choose a local church in which to serve while pursuing their degree.

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The Olivet Nazarene University Theological Leadership Conference features a keynote speaker and time devoted to special presentations, breakout discussion groups, conversation and community meals.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Kevin Mellish has presented scholarly papers at conferences and written articles for various academic and church publications. His research interests have focused on the life of David, the development of Israelite faith and religion, the Deuteronomistic history, archaeology and ancient Near Eastern history, comparative Midrash, and the Pentateuch. He is currently a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

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