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.

Commentary on Ephesians by B.F. Westcott

Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901)
Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901) Source: Wikipedia

Bishop B.F. Westcott’s Commentary on Greek text of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain book available for digitisation.

Brooke Foss Westcott [1825-1901], Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians: The Greek Text with Notes and Addenda. London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1906. Hbk. pp.212. [Click to visit the Ephesians page for the download link for this title and other commentaries and articles]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Postscript to Preface
  • Introduction
    1. Text
    2. Title and Destination
    3. Date and Place of Writing
    4. Canonicity and External Evidence of Authenticity
    5. Internal Evidence of Authorship
    6. Style and Language
    7. Relation to the Colossian Epistle
    8. Relation to other Pauline Documents
    9. Relation to other Apostolic Writings
    10. Historic References to e Gospel
    11. Characteristics
    12. Plan of the Epistle
  • Text and Notes
  • Additional Notes
  • Vocabulalary of the Epistle
  • Index of Subjects

Calvin’s Commentaries on Galatians and Ephesians

John Calvin [1509-1564]
John Calvin [1509-1564]

John Calvin’s Commentaries on Galatians and Ephesians require no introduction. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain translation available for digitisation.

John Calvin (William Pringle, translator), Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians. Edinburgh: The Calvin Translation Society, 1854. Hbk. pp.383. [Click to visit the download page for this book]

Table of Contents

  • Translator’s Preface
  • Commentary on Galatians
  • Commentary on Ephesians

The Argument of the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians

What part of Asia was inhabited by the GALATIANS, and what were the boundaries of their country, is well known; but whence they originally came is not agreed among historians. It is universally admitted that they were Gauls, and, on that account, were denominated Gallo-Grecians. But from what part of Gaul they came it is more difficult to determine.

Strabo thought that the Tectosages came from Gallia N arbonensis, and that the remainder were Celtre; and this opinion has been generally adopted. But, as Pliny enumerates the Am biani 3 among the Tectosagi, and as it is universally agreed that they were allied to the Tolistobogi, who dwelt on the banks of the Rhine, I think it more probable that they were Belgians, whose territory extended from a very distant part of the course of the Rhine to the English Channel. The Tolistobogi inhabited that part which receives from its present inhabitants the -names of Cleves and Brabant…

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