As a Christian I value the Word of God very highly. I see Scripture as the moral and spiritual standard for people’s lives, relationships with each other, and relationship with God. But, in order to properly apply the standard of Scripture to our lives we must first understand and appreciate the Bible. That is the primary goal of the Bible Department at Nyack College: to do our best to understand and appreciate the things that God has communicated to humanity through Scripture. The Bible Department takes an objective, comprehensive approach to studying the Bible, theology, and Christian history. If you are passionate about God’s Word, then the Bible Department welcomes you!
The Bible Department is a subset of the College of Bible and Christian Ministry. The department’s mission statement says that it, “seeks to assist Nyack students in their intellectual and spiritual formation by moving them toward competency in reading, interpreting and applying the Bible and in integrating its teaching into their worldview and personal lives.” The mission of the Bible Department comes in two parts: theory and practice. Much of a scholastic career with this department consists of thinking, reading, and writing, but all of that study goes toward practical application of what is learned in class. Being a Bible major is much more than thinking and studying; it is life-changing.
Aside from increasing your knowledge of Scripture and strengthening your relationship with God, studying as a Bible major will prepare you for continuing education and a number of career paths. By the time they graduate, Bible majors are well-prepared to study for master’s-level degrees such as the Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts in a biblical field. These degrees would put you in a position to apply for a doctorate degree. Being a Bible major also prepares you for ministry by equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to preach and teach the Word of God.
The Bible Department’s primary faculty in Rockland are Dr. Stephen Bennett, Dr. Frank Chan, Dr. Elio Cuccaro, and Dr. Amy Davis. In Manhattan the primary Bible Department faculty are Dr. David Emanuel, Dr. Thomas Donworth, Jeffery Garcia, Dr. Dongsu Kim, Dr. R. Stephen Notley, and Dr. Steven Ware. I have met almost all of these professors and had class with many of them; they are all qualified professors and brilliant individuals. It has been an incredible to study under such accomplished theologians.
I feel privileged to be a part of the Bible Department at Nyack College. I am blessed to be able to major in a subject that I enjoy studying. Scripture is not dull or boring; it is powerful and enlightening. Everyone who is serious about studying the Word of God is welcome to join the Bible department in that endeavor.