The Doctor of Philosophy in Religion degree is designed to equip students for creative scholarship and independent research. It is specifically designed for those who desire a broad range of study in Religion and Biblical curriculum and it seeks to develop the student’s capacity for critical evaluation and quality research. Producing the kind of creative scholarship, which can enable the student to contribute to the field of theological knowledge and literature, is the goal of this intensive program.


Prerequisite for enrollment in this program is an earned Master of Arts degree (concentration in Bible) or its equivalent from Bethany or an acceptable college.


To receive this degree, the student must complete the following 60 SH program of specified courses beyond the Master’s level:

Rel-604     Bible Archaeology – 3SH
Rel-701      History of Christianity – 3SH
Bi-601        Expositional Methods – 3SH
Bi-602       Bible Exposition (Gen.-Deut.) – 3SH
Bi-701        Bible Exposition (Matt-Mk) – 3SH
Ph-603      Directed Reading (Philosophy) – 3SH
Th-603      New Testament Theology – 3SH
Th-601      Seminar – 3SH
Ls-601      Computer Skills – 3SH
Rel-703    Life and Times of Christ I – 3SH
Rel-704    Life and Times of Christ II – 3SH
Th-602     Old Testament Theology – 3SH
Th-604     Reformation Theology – 3SH
Ph-601     Advanced Apologetics I – 3SH
Ph-602    Advanced Apologetics II – 3SH
Bi-603     Bible Exposition (Joshua-II Kings) – 3SH
Bi-702     Bible Exposition (Luke-John) – 3SH
Ls-602     Research & Methodology – 3SH
Ph-701     Thesis (20,000 words) – 6SH

TOTAL                                           60SH

Upon successful completion of the above doctoral program, the student may be conferred upon the Doctor of Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Bible.