Course Description

Intro to Bible Study is the first of a series of three courses (Intro to Bible Study, Bible Research, Hermeneutics) designed to help students develop the skills necessary to uncover biblical truths on their own. Many courses offered by PBC emphasize theoretical issues, whereas the Bible Study series requires students to master a set of technical skills needed for studying the Bible with Bible Software. In Intro to Bible Study, students will learn about the inspiration, origin and the translations of Scripture. Furthermore, students will be familiarized with the basic resources and tools useful for conducting studies on Bible words, characters and passages.


Lanny Hubbard, Professor of Theology

Lanny was born and raised in the Portland area. After three years serving in the armed forces, he attended PBC and completed his  Bachelor degree. He has functioned on staff at the college since 1978 and has become a respected Teacher, Pastor and Elder at Mannahouse. In 2006, he graduated from Western Seminary with an MA in exegetical theology. He is known for having both wide and deep knowledge of the Bible and if anyone is considered an “expert” on the Bible, Lanny would fit the bill. He has worked with his wife Joanne in developing new courses for the online program. They have raised three children who are all graduates from PBC and are actively involved in ministry. Lanny Hubbard’s deep understanding of the scriptures will open your eyes to how the Bible is relevant today.

Course Requirement

Logos Bible Software

The principles pulled from the lectures in this course can apply to any pursuit to study the Bible. However, this bundle is developed with owners of Logos Bible Software in mind. Logos Bible Software puts a large electronic library of resources at the fingertips of the student in an incredibly searchable format. Specific tutorials are provided in this course to demonstrate how to use Logos software to study the Bible according to the topic of lectures.

Students may utilize other software or online tools to complete this course. However, we don't provide any instructions on how to navigate websites or software other than Logos.

If you would like to take advantage of Logos as your study tool, this course requires at least the Starter Library of Logos with some additional purchases:

- Dictionary of Biblical Languages: Hebrew
- Dictionary of Biblical Languages: Greek
- Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (recommended)
- The New Bible Dictionary (recommended)

Links to purchase these additional resources are provided in the course.

Course Outline

This course includes Student Notes, Tutorials, Assignments and 13 Lectures.

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Introduction

    • Logos Bible Software

  • 2

    Introduction to Bible Study

    • Student Notes L01-07

    • L01 - Introduction

    • Tutorial - Getting Started in Logos

    • L02 - Interpretative Journey

    • Assignment - Devotional Reading and Meditation

    • L03 - History of the Bible

  • 3

    Bible Dictionaries

    • Tutorial - Prioritizing Resources

    • L04 - Bible Dictionaries

    • Tutorial - Bible Dictionary

    • Assignment - Bible Dictionary Workshop

    • Bible Dictionary Assignment Review

  • 4

    Foundational Gaps

    • L05 - Foundational Gaps

    • L06 - Foundational Gaps

    • L07 - Analysis of the Text

    • Assignment - Bible Observation Exercise

    • Bible Observation Exercise Review

  • 5

    Logos Tutorials & Assignments

    • Tutorial - Bible Search

    • Tutorial - Basic Search

    • Assignment - Searching Logos Exercise

    • Tutorial - Original Language

    • Assignment - Original Language Exercise

    • Tutorial - Finding Every Occurence (Addendum)

    • Tutorial - Finding Every Occurrence

    • Assignment - Finding Occurrence Exercise

  • 6

    Topical Studies

    • Student Notes L08-13

    • L08 - Topical Studies

    • Tutorial - Topical Studies

    • Assignment - Topical Workshop

  • 7

    Character Studies

    • L09 - Character Studies

    • L10 - Character Studies

    • Tutorial - Character Studies

    • Assignment - Character Study

    • Character Study Review

  • 8

    Place Studies

    • L11 - Place Studies

  • 9

    Passage Studies

    • L12 - Passage Study

    • L13 - Passage Study

    • Assignment - Passage Study

    • Passage Study Review