Free Online Biblical Training Courses

Over the last few months I have been interacting with hundreds of Christians in Africa through Facebook. What has become clear is that there is a real thirst to get further training in theology in order to be more effective in ministry. While Theology on the Web can support such training by providing free access to thousands of theological articles, commentaries and other books – it is an online library – and therefore does not offer any courses that visitors can follow.

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In response to these requests for biblical training courses I have been searching the Internet for suitable material. After looking at their material carefully I have decided to recommend BiblicalTraining.org to my visitors. This non-profit organisation is headed by Dr Bill Mounce and offers free access to a superb collection of courses taught by world-class theologians, which can be downloaded and shared with others. The courses are divided into three levels:

  1. Foundations: Classes that are appropriate for all followers of Jesus. When you begin, they do not assume you know anything about the Bible, and they will teach you basic Bible content and beliefs.
  2. Academy: The university-level classes will take you deeper than Foundations but not assume you want to be taking graduate-level classes
  3. Institute: These seminary-level classes can fully prepare you with the biblical and theological training you need to be an informed leader in your church

Institute Level Courses

Here is a list of BiblicalTraining.org’s current Institute and other related courses:

I am currently greatly enjoying working my way through Craig Keener’s course on Acts, distilled from his recent 4,000 page commentary on that book. The BiblicalTraining.org site requires you to register in order to download the courses, but is completely free. I will shortly be adding direct links to relevant courses on my websites.

Do you know of any good Bible training courses? Feel free to share them in the comments.

Biblical and Literary Essays – A.B. Davidson

Andrew Bruce Davidson (1831 – January 26, 1902)
Andrew Bruce Davidson (1831 – January 26, 1902)

The following public domain collection of essays is now available for free download in PDF:

A.B. Davidson [1831-1902], Biblical and Literary Essays, 2nd edn. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1903. pp.320.

Andrew Bruce Davidson (1831 – January 26, 1902) was Professor of Hebrew and Oriental languages in New College, University of Edinburgh. This volume was edited by his successor at New College, Prof. J.A. Paterson (1851-1915).

Click here to download.

Table of Contents

I – Biblical Theology

II – The Wisdom of the Hebrews

III – The Prophet Hosea

IV – The Prophet Amos

V – The Second Psalm

VI – Psalm LXXII

VII – Psalm CX

VIII – The English Bible and its Revision

IX – Mohammed and Islam

X – Arabic Poetry

XI – Modern Religion and Old Testament Immortality

XII – The Rationale of a Preacher

XIII – The Uses of the Old Testament for Edification