Course Type:

Foundational Courses (Level 1) - BF10602 - 1.5 Credits

In this course, we will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. Our aim is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the place of the Bible in the United Church of Christ, the development of the Bible over time, and methods of studying the Biblical texts to discern meaning and purpose for our own faith lives and for the exercise of our pastoral roles as preachers and teachers.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the origins of the Bible as we have it today.
  • Identify the ways the church uses and interprets the Bible and the ways the academy uses and interprets the Bible.
  • Describe the methods used to interpret Biblical texts.
  • Explain how the interpretive methods can be used for preaching and teaching in a local parish setting.




PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.,
P.O. Box 897
Tucker, GA 30085

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PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of theological education that is academically rigorous and affordable.   A PATHWAYS education in Ministry Preparation can be completed on-line in three years at a fraction of the price of a seminary education.   Our program is aligned with the requirements for ordination of most mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to work with ordaining bodies to make sure that participants are meeting their goals.   Now is the time to make an inquiry for the future of theological education.  Reach out today to Partner with PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

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