THE BIBLE FROM 30,000 FEET

THE BIBLE FROM 30,000 FEET program offers students the ability to complete select VIU distance learning courses through the expositional teaching of Dr. Skip Heitzig (Professor of Pastoral and Biblical Studies). These courses may be taken for personal enrichment (Audit) or for academic credit. What is more, students who complete three courses for credit at either the undergraduate or graduate level may receive a Certificate of Completion, contact Katherine Gardner for more information about the certificate award.

If you desire to register for any of the courses below for Audit (non-credit option with no homework required, but must submit lecture notes), click the registration link below to register. If you wish to register for academic credit at the BA/MA level you must first apply for admission to to VIU and register through your Populi student page. Registration begins August 5 and the Fall 2019 semester commences August 26.

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Undergraduate Level

SH-NT320 New Testament Survey (Matthew to Revelation)

The New Testament Survey will examine the historical background, cultural context, and theological contribution of the Gospels, Acts, the epistles and Revelation within God’s progressive revelation. It provides an introduction to the timelines, authorship, contents and main themes of each New Testament book. This New Testament Survey begins with the Biographies of Jesus in the four gospels.  It then travels from the birth and growth of the church in the book of Acts from a relatively small gathering of faithful followers of Jesus in an upper room gathering in Jerusalem to established churches throughout the Roman Empire.  At the same time as the growth of the church, epistles were written to instruct the many local fellowships regarding orthodoxy and orthopraxy.  These three areas of study are then concluded by the final New Testament book which describes the future consummation of all things in the book of Revelation. In addition to an introduction and overview of the New Testament, an emphasis will be placed on the main doctrinal themes of each book.

SH-OT310 Old Testament Survey (Genesis to Malachi)

The Old Testament Survey will examine the historical background, cultural context, and theological contribution of each Old Testament book within God’s progressive revelation. It provides an introduction to the authorship and contents and major themes of each Old Testament book. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events of the Old Testament. In addition to an introduction and overview of each Old Testament book, selected passages will be examined for systematic exegesis and application(s).

SH-OT401 Book of Genesis

The course will focus on an introduction to the book as well as expositional teaching through Genesis.

SH-NT427 Book of Revelation

The course will focus on an introduction to the book as well as expositional teaching through Revelation.

Graduate Level Level

SH-NT510 Jesus and the Early Church (Gospels to Acts)

This course will examine the historical background, cultural context, and theological contribution of the Gospels and Acts.  It provides an introduction to the timelines, authorship, contents and main themes of each covered NT writing. One aspect of this course is the harmony yet uniqueness of the three synoptic gospels in contrast to the uniqueness of the gospel of John.  The second and major aspect of this survey emphasizes the book of Acts which chronicles the birth and growth of the NT church from its inception in Jerusalem through its expansion and establishment throughout the Roman Empire under the guidance to the Holy Spirit through the ministries of the apostles.  As such, this portion of the class provides the context and dating for many of the early church controversies and many of the NT epistles.  

SH-NT520 Paul and the Latter Church (Epistles to Revelation)

Romans through Revelation will examine the historical background, cultural context, and theological contribution of the New Testament Epistles from Romans through Revelation. It provides an introduction to the timelines, authorship, contents and main themes of each covered NT writing. 

SH-OT515 Old Testament Survey (Genesis – Malachi)

The Old Testament Survey will examine the historical background, cultural context, and theological contribution of each Old Testament book to God’s progressive revelation. It provides an introduction to the authorship and contents of the Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events of the Old Testament. In addition to an introduction and overview of each Old Testament book, selected passages will be examined for systematic exegesis and application(s).

Dr. Skip Heitzig
Associate Professor of Pastoral and Biblical Studies