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Biblical Studies

The certificate in biblical studies provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of the bible by examining it within different religious contexts. The certificate exposes the student to the complexities and challenges of translations from the original language. The certificate fosters critical thinking by exposing students to diverse methodologies and perspectives. Students will deepen their conceptual understanding of the bible. This certificate will help students engage in well-informed and thoughtful discourse.


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Program Code



1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Judaic Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


3508 French Hall -West
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0169
Matthew Kraus
Phone: 513-556-2298

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Biblical Studies Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Core Requirements
    • JUDC2028, Introduction to Biblical Studies, HU, 3
    • JUDC2029, Bible: Hebrew Scriptures, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
    Historical Background
    • JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC2027, Jesus, Judaism, and History, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2030, Mysteries of the Bible, HP, HU, 3
    • JUDC3025, Jerusalem, 3
    • JUDC3080, Dead Sea Scrolls, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3093, Archaeology and the Bible, 3
    • JUDC4005, The Bible and the Ancient World, 3
    • JUDC6005, History of the Jewish Book, 3
    Texts and Contexts
    • ENGL2076, Old Testament Literature, HU, 3
    • ENGL2077, New Testament Literature, HU, 3
    • JUDC1033, Ancient Stories of Creation, HU, 3
    • JUDC2026, Survey of the New Testament, HU, 3
    • JUDC2031, Biblical Poetry, HU, 3
    • JUDC2032, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, HU, 3
    • JUDC2052, Introduction to Jewish Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3001, Biblical Narratives, 3
    • JUDC3003, Biblical Interpretation in the Greco-Roman Period (323BCE-620CE), 3
    • JUDC3048, The New Testament in its Jewish Matrix, 3
    Biblical Topics
    • ENGL3050, Bible and Literature I, 3
    • ENGL3051, Bible and Literature II, 3
    • JUDC2033, The Old Testament Between Jews and Christians, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2037, Demons in the Bible and Related Texts, SE, HU, 3
    • JUDC2039, Evolution of the Angel, HU, 3
    • JUDC2074, Cinema Divine: Religion and the Bible in Film, HP, HU, 3
    • JUDC3017, God, 3
    • JUDC3050, Judaic Studies Study Tour, 3
    • JUDC4087, The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil, 3

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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