The Center for Biblical and Theological Education
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Equipping the church and the SPU community to become more biblically literate and better able to articulate the language of the Christian faith

scholarly, accessible, and spiritually enriching opportunities to go deeper with Scripture and engage in serious theological reflection

between the academy and the broader church community

a signature commitment of Seattle Pacific University: “We will be a place that embraces the Christian Story, becoming biblically and theologically literate.”

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 Lectio: Guided Bible Reading

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Upcoming Lectio Series

Join us this summer as we continue our 2014-2015 Lectio series with Selections From Israel's Story and Dr. Sara Koenig as our guide. We're also looking forward to beginning our 2015-2016 series on 1 & 2 Samuel, the Gospel of Mark, and Hebrews. Check out the Lectio website for more information as well as past readings found in the Readings Archive.

Paul T. Walls Lecture 2015 - Video Available

Dr. Doug Koskela, Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Paul T. Walls Lecture in Wesleyan Theology, explored the place of spiritual perception in Wesley's understanding of how one comes to embrace the Christian faith. A video of the lecture is available.

Palmer Lecture 2015 - Videos Available

What might lead the people of God into idolatry and how can they avoid it? Dr. Stephen Fowl explored this question at the 38th annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture. If you missed the lecture, be sure to check out the video (YouTube version or iTunesU version).

New Videos Available

Five SPU theology professors provide a brief introduction to the Apostolic Letters, the Prophets, the Torah, Revelation, and the Gospels and approaches for these various canonical collections of the Bible.





VIDEO: Selections from Israel’s Story

Dr. Sara Koenig gives an introduction to SPU’s Summer 2015 Lectio series, Selections from Israel’s Story.

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