Biblical Studies Professor

Teach university students about the Bible.

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$33,000 – $114,000

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What do Biblical Studies Professors do?

Whether you’re a devout believer in the words of the Bible, or simply someone who appreciates history and good literature, you can’t deny that the depth of the miraculous text warrants a lifetime of study. After years of writing articles and dissertations, you find that the most rewarding outlet for your work is educating young minds as a Biblical Studies Professor.

There is certainly no lack of material for a Biblical Studies Professor. From Adam and Eve to David and Goliath to the Rapture, there are hundreds of pages of densely packed literature. Taking the Old and New Testament alike, as well as companion works, Biblical Studies Professors teach their students how to read texts closely, analyze large chunks of scripture, and even produce their own essays and interpretations on important figures, themes, and events.

Like other historical writings, the Bible doesn’t stand on its own; it’s accompanied by other works of history, theory, and politics that try to unravel or enhance its message. As you teach students from the main text, there are literally thousands of sources that you can call on to work into your teachings. Sure, you could probably craft a whole year’s lesson simply by assigning scripture, but you realize that the best way to see something clearly is often through a different lens.

Leading discussions can often get tricky, even if you’re teaching in a religious university. Not everyone believes in the words of the Bible; in fact, you don’t have to yourself in order to teach the subject. Others, however, have based their lives around the good book.

Your class could easily derail into a riotous debate on personal morals and judgments, leaving you to mediate between arguments. Your goal is not to convert your students, but to teach them to study and appreciate the profound knowledge the Bible has to offer.

Should I be a Biblical Studies Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Practical Ministries Professor, Public Relations Studies Director

    How to Become a
    Biblical Studies Professor

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