The Bible is a big book. The Journey through the Bible Track will take you through the entire Bible, offering both book-by-book surveys as well as introducing you to the historical and cultural background and key themes for each book.
It’s a sweeping overview that will help you understand every part of the Bible and equip you to read the Bible more deeply and apply it more faithfully in the modern world of work, ministry, family, and daily life.
You will learn:
The background information for each book of the Bible, including who wrote it, who it was written to, and the historical and cultural context behind it
- The various genres of Scripture and how those genres can be read and understood
- The key themes of each book of the Bible
- How to read and understand difficult texts
- Get immediate access to all 8 seminary-level online courses in the track
- Access 63+ hours of video lectures from N.T. Wright, John H. Walton, Bruce W. Longenecker, Karen H. Jobes, and other biblical scholars
- Work through the courses at your own pace—take up to 36 months
- Earn a Certificate of Completion
- No prior coursework or prerequisites are required
This Track Includes the Following Courses
Encountering the Holy Land: An Introduction to the History and Geography of the Bible
A Survey of the Old Testament
- Taught by Carl Rasmussen
- 13 units
- 4 hours of video lectures filmed on location in Israel
The Torah Story: An Apprenticeship on the Pentateuch
- Taught by Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton
- 16 units
- 10 hours of video lectures
The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament
- Taught by Gary Schnittjer
- 16 units
- 9.5 hours of video lectures
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians
- Taught by J. Daniel Hays
- 15 units
- 9 hours of video lectures
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels
- Taught by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird
- 37 units
- 13 hours of video lectures filmed on location in Israel, Greece, and Italy
Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology
- Taught by Mark L. Strauss
- 20 units
- 6 hours of video lectures
Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles
- Taught by Todd D. Still and Bruce W. Longenecker
- 15 units
- 6.5 hours of video lectures
- Taught by Karen H. Jobes
- 15 units
- 5.5 hours of video lectures
Designed to Help You Succeed
- Work at your own pace.
Take as much time as you need to work through each course and each lesson—up to 36 months. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.
- Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.
Your instructors have taught the material for decades both in traditional classroom settings and online. Everything has been expertly designed and time-tested.
- Get access to tools proven to help you learn.
Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology that will help you retain and remember what you learn.
- Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.
Get access to 63+ hours of video materials, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more.
The Certificate Program Is Ideal for:
Preachers, teachers, and leaders who want to preach and teach from the text more faithfully.
- Beginning students who desire a solid foundation for future work in biblical studies.
- Anyone who wants to understand every part of the Bible more deeply and apply it more faithfully.
How to earn the Certificate
Achieve an 80% or higher grade in each of the eight required courses.
Complete all coursework within 36 months of enrolling.
Notify us of completion.
When we have confirmed you have satisfied the program requirements, we will issue a Certificate of Completion.
Meet Your Instructors
J. Daniel Hays
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.
Andrew E. Hill
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Andrew E. Hill is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the coauthor with John Walton of A Survey of the Old Testament and the author of Malachi in the Anchor Bible commentary series. His articles have appeared in such scholarly publications as Hebrew Annual Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum.
John H. Walton
Ph.D., Hebrew Union College
John H. Walton teaches Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.
Mark L. Strauss
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Mark Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series, and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary
Gary Schnittjer is professor of Old Testament at the School of Divinity, Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He is author of The Torah Story published by Zondervan. Dr. Schnittjer teaches biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at Cairn, and often in other seminary programs. A frequent presenter at academic societies and other conferences, he also regularly teaches and preaches at churches and other organizations, addressing pastors, teachers, adults, and youth.
Bruce W. Longenecker
Ph.D., University of Durham, England
Bruce W. Longenecker is professor of religion and W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has previously taught at the University of St. Andrews, Cambridge University, and the University of Durham. He is the author of several books, including Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World, and The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World.
Karen H. Jobes
Ph.D., Westminister Theological Seminary
Karen H. Jobes is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she has also been involved in Bible translation. She and her husband are members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Ph.D., Dropsie University
Carl Rasmussen is professor emeritus at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and an adjunct professor at Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem. Previously, he served as Dean of the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author and creator of the Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible.
N. T. Wright
D.Phil. and D.D., University of Oxford
N. T. Wright is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and also senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Michael F. Bird
PhD., University of Queensland
Michael F. Bird is a lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of many books, including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, and Evangelical Theology, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He blogs at the New Testament blog Euangelion.
Todd D. Still
Ph.D., University of Glasgow, Scotland
Todd Still serves as the dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to having written Colossians for the revised edition of The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Dr. Still is the author of Conflict at Thessalonica as well as Philippians & Philemon. He is also the (co-) editor of several volumes (including Jesus and Paul Reconnected, After the First Urban Christians, and Tertullian and Paul) and has published articles in such scholarly journals as New Testament Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly.