The Biblical Narrative series is required for all program tracks at The Pillar Seminary. In these two classes, students focus on learning each of the stories of the Bible from Abraham through Paul’s journey to Rome within their historical, geographic, and cultural context. Special attention is devoted to learning the literary skills necessary for reliably deriving the meaning from the stories.


Biblical Narrative 1

Students will learn the stories within the biblical narrative from Abraham to the beginning of the United Monarchy. This includes learning the geography of the stories, as well as understanding broadly the historical context in which the stories take place. Students are also introduced to concepts of historiography and current issues in historicity and historiography related to the biblical narrative. Importantly, students will acquire and exercise skills needed to discover the meaning of the stories in their immediate, local, and book-wide context. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: (none)


Biblical Narrative 2

This course continues where Biblical Narrative 1 leaves off. Students will learn the stories within the biblical narrative from the death of David to Paul’s arrival in Rome, including some Second Temple period material. This includes learning the geography of the stories, as well as understanding broadly the historical context in which the stories take place. Students continue to interact with concepts of historiography and current issues in historicity and historiography related to the biblical narrative. Students will also continue to exercise the skills needed to discover the meaning of the stories in their immediate, local, and book-wide context. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Biblical Narrative 1