Many seminaries and Bible colleges are heavy on systematic theology and light on exegesis. If you browse their curricula, you often find a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 ratio of theology courses to Bible courses. We think that’s like spending hours each day re-organizing the pantry and then throwing something in the microwave at mealtime. At NCST, we feast on God’s Word.
Rather than dividing the Bible’s teaching into doctrinal categories with logically derived headings and sub-headings, biblical theology studies the Scripture as it was presented—as a story. Actually, as the story of God’s plan to create a world full of people who honor King Jesus. This is not to deny the many benefits of systematic theology in defending biblical truth against error and such, but this approach must be secondary and subservient to the careful study of the major themes, progressions, characters, events, and purposes of the biblical narrative. The Bible was not written primarily to reveal doctrine, but to reveal Jesus Christ.
Thus, while NCST students will interact with Grudem’s Systematic Theology (for example), they will spend more time with the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. And much more time with the Bible itself.
If biblical theology is new to you, the following video may help:
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