Semester Studies

A Guided Study Through the Entire Holy Bible

Starting at the beginning of the New Testament, experience an educational journey through the complete Bible. Whether you are a first-time or an experienced Bible reader, the Through The Scriptures online school is an excellent Biblical learning platform. Our courses will provide you with in-depth studies of each book of the Bible, looking at each individual verse with its historical background, context, and more. Through the Scriptures is designed for taking one course at a time. As you complete each course, you will be presented with the next, paying for each course seperately as you advance.

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Learn at Your Own Pace

The Through the Scriptures online school gives you a structured framework for learning, while still enabling you to study at your own pace. It is great for all learning levels!

See Your Progress

See the fruits of your labor as your transcript continues to grow with every class completion. Once you complete certain groups of courses, you will be rewarded with certificates of achievement.

What comes with a course?

Each course comes with everything you need. The downloaded materials, including the invaluable digital textbook, will be yours to keep after the end of the course.

A digital textbook written by seasoned professors and scholars

5 study guides to help identify key concepts

6 tests to ensure successful reading

A reading pace guide to help you stay on track

Supplemental materials such as maps, charts, videos and more

What courses are in the school?

Your first course will be “The Life of Christ, 1.” Upon completing “The Life of Christ, 1,” you will then purchase your second course, “The Life of Christ, 2.” As you complete each course, you will be presented with the next course, paying for each course separately as you advance. Below are all of the courses that you will study, listed in the order that you will take them.

You will be awarded with certificates of achievement upon completing specific groups of courses. These groups are represented by color below.

New Testament

NT History 1 - 12
NT Theology 1 13 - 19
NT Theology 2 20 - 27

The Life of Christ, 1

David L. Roper’s in-depth consideration of the life of Christ begins with His birth and presents a parallel account of His life from all four Gospels.

The Life of Christ, 2

Part two of David L. Roper’s study of the life of Christ covers the final days of Jesus’ life, including His death, burial, and resurrection.

Matthew 1—13

This course is closed due to reprinting. It will be reopened sometime around December 2020. Sorry for the inconvenience. In the first half of his commentary on Matthew, Sellers S. Crain, Jr. examines the events surrounding the birth of the King and His teachings about the coming kingdom. He shows how the people’s reactions to Jesus began to brew into a storm.

Matthew 14—28

In the second half of his study on Matthew, Sellers S. Crain, Jr. continues his analysis of Jesus’ teachings and works during His earthly ministry. Many people misunderstood His role as King, and those who rejected Him had Him crucified. Only after He was raised from the dead and ascended to the Father did Christ’s followers begin to realize the significance of His life and death.

Mark 1—8

Mark presents Jesus as a lowly servant, as a man of action more than a man of words. Consequently, the doings of Jesus, not His teachings dominate this record of Jesus' life and ministry.

Mark 9—16

Mark presents Jesus as a lowly servant, as a man of action more than a man of words. Consequently, the doings of Jesus, not His teachings dominate this record of Jesus' life and ministry.

Luke 1:1—9:50

Anthony Lee Ash analyzes the Gospel of Luke as it narrates the birth and ministry of Jesus. Luke’s orderly account relied on eyewitnesses of Jesus and the earliest disciples.

Luke 9:51—24:53

Anthony Lee Ash invites readers to study the Gospel of Luke as it narrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. Luke’s orderly account relied on eyewitnesses of Jesus and the earliest disciples.

John 1—12

John is unique among the Gospels. Unlike the Synoptic Accounts, John omits some major events such as Jesus' virgin birth, temptations, and transfiguration and focuses on His private encounters rather than His public sermons. David L. Lipe offers a readable yet in-depth look. . .

John 13—21

In his coverage of the fourth Gospel Account, David L. Lipe examines the uniqueness in John's record of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At its core, this text is a look at who Jesus is and who He wants to be in our lives.

Acts 1—14

David L. Roper delves into the details of the beginning of the Lord’s church as presented in Acts 1—14.

Acts 15—28

This study by David L. Roper focuses on the powerful accounts of Paul’s missionary journeys recorded in Acts 15—28.

Romans 1—7

David L. Roper expounds on Paul’s teaching that salvation does not come by obedience to the law of Moses. Neither does it come by personal merit or goodness. Both Jew and Gentile are told that salvation is by grace, which God provides, and also by man’s faithful response of obedience.

Romans 8—16

David L. Roper continues his treatment of Romans, looking at the way Paul encouraged the Roman Christians to live the transformed life and share the victory of the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians

In this letter to first-century Christians in Corinth, Paul addressed many questions which, with slight variations, continue to trouble the church today. Division, immorality, doctrinal confusion, and worldliness plagued this congregation; and one root of their conflicts—pride—is common among us still. Duane Warden's verse-by-verse study tackles difficult issues in the biblical text and draws practical application for Christians living in our own time.

2 Corinthians

In this letter to the first-century Christians in Corinth, Paul addressed questions, such as authority and unity, which continue to trouble the church today. Duane Warden verse-by-verse study tackles the difficult issues in the biblical text and draws application for pure Christian living.


Paul's letter to the Christians in Galatia was designed to protect the young churches from the teachers who wanted the Gentiles to be circumcised in order to be saved. Honoring this demand would destroy their faith in Christ as their only means of salvation. The true significance of the gospel message is emphasized in this epistle of Paul. In Christ, all are saved equally. As brothers and sisters, we are to worship and serve together, without regard for dividing lines such as ethnicity and economic status. Jack McKinney used his vast background in Greek to shape an extremely valuable commentary for Christians today.

Ephesians and Philippians

The authors present a practical study of these two letters of Paul to the early churches in Ephesus (Jay Lockhart) and Philippi (David L. Roper). Christians are called to be strong in the battle against worldliness and to be united as members of the body of Christ and citizens of heaven.

Colossians and Philemon

The eternal truths and lessons in Colossians helped to shape the church in the first century. Paul taught Christians how to maintain a godly lifestyle and exalt Christ in a diverse society. The Book of Philemon, written about the same time, provides guidelines for Christian relationships. Owen D. Olbricht and Bruce McLarty draw practical lessons for readers.

1 and 2 Thessalonians

This volume by Earl D. Edwards considers Paul’s message to the new believers at Thessalonica who needed encouragement in the face of persecution. It brings clarity to the apostle’s instruction about the second coming of Christ, a teaching that is often misunderstood today.

1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

As Paul neared the end of his life, he wrote to his "sons" in the faith, Timothy and Titus, to give these younger evangelists encouragement and divine guidance in their respective ministries at Ephesus and on the island of Crete. Paul urged them to render effective and fruitful service in the Lord's church and to protect, preserve, and practice the truth.


One of the most intriguing books in the Bible, Hebrews’ teachings and theology have helped to shape our understanding of Christ and the entire Bible. Martel Pace examines the theories of the book’s author identity and gives a detailed look at Christ and His Work, as well as the walk of faith. It stands as a wonderful source of encouragement, reminding Christians of why they have pledged allegiance to Christ.


J. W. Roberts explores this general epistle that outlines the walk of faith for Christians. He points out remarkable parallels to the Sermon on the Mount as well as the relationship between faith and works. This thorough exegesis will strengthen any Christian’s walk with God, as it discusses genuine religion, faith, and wisdom.

While the Book of James was addressed to the first-century church, it continues to instruct readers with practical exhortations on godly living. In this commentary, Duane Warden thoroughly discusses James' imperatives for seeking wisdom, being humble, avoiding favoritism, guarding the tongue, and being a "doer of the Word."

1 and 2 Peter and Jude

These letters offer encouragement to God’s followers when faced with challenges from both outside and inside the local congregation. Duane Warden helps students of the Bible gain a deeper understanding of these three important books.

1, 2, and 3 John

J. W. Roberts walks his readers through the Epistles of John, taking particular care to explain the stylistic features they have in common. Some of the dominant themes in these letters are combatting false teachers, following the truth, and hospitality. (Part 1)

Duane Warden intricate study offers practical guidance for interpreting the apostle's letters and applying them to daily life. Like the Gospel of John, these epistles maintain that the remedy for sin was introduced to humanity when God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. John rebuked those living in sin, encouraged his readers to "walk in the Light," and assured Christians that they can know God. (Part 2)

Revelation 1—11

David L. Roper’s commentary on the first half of Revelation is an enlightening treatment of this much-talked-about book of the Bible. A great tool for sorting truth from speculation, it details several approaches to the interpretation of Revelation.

Revelation 12—22

This study unwraps the mystery that has surrounded the images of battles, beasts, and bowls of wrath. David L. Roper’s comments on the end time clear away confusing theories about Armageddon and Christ’s reign. The focus is on the true message of Revelation—Christian victory.

Old Testament

OT History 1 28 - 33
OT History 2 34 - 41
Hebrew Poetry 42 - 48
OT Prophets 1 49 - 53
OT Prophets 2 54 - 56

Genesis 1—22

In this detailed look at God’s book of beginnings, William W. Grasham delves into the creation account, the selection of Abraham and his descendants as God's chosen people, and the introduction of God’s plan to save the people He created. The story of mankind is actually the story of God, clearly revealing His power, His righteousness, His promises, and His faithfulness.

Genesis 23—50

In this portion of his commentary on God’s book of beginnings, William W. Grasham continues his in-depth look at the development of the divinely chosen people of Israel. Following the story from the days of Abraham to the time when Joseph’s family joined him in Egypt, the author highlights the providence of God in the workings of history and in individual lives.


Exodus tells the compelling story of how God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and gave them hope. This study of the journey of God’s Old Testament people highlights God’s power, law, and desire to dwell among His worshipers.


In the Book of Leviticus, God established the priesthood and ordained the various sacrifices to be offered at the tabernacle. While Christians are not under the Law, we are called to be God's holy people today.


Intriguing narratives in the Book of Numbers feature a greedy prophet, a talking donkey, fiery serpents, and rebels who were swallowed by the earth. Coy D. Roper shows how the numbers in this book reflect the nature of God, who guided His people through the wilderness and allowed their children to take possession of the Promised Land.


This course is not yet available. It is planned for the future.


This course will not be available until our commentary is completed. However, a brief review of Joshua is available, written by Dale Manor, in our temporary course number 34, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Joshua, Judges, and Ruth

The Book of Joshua tells of the conquest of the land of Canaan by the Israelites and illustrates how God's people can have victory through faith. Following Joshua's death, the nation of Israel entered a time of instability. After reading of the turbulent rule of the judges, we may think that Israel was filled only with faithfulness, apostasy, and moral degradation. The beautiful Book of Ruth shows that faith, goodness, and love still lingered; even in the worst of times, there are those who are faithful to God.

Judges and Ruth

The Book of Ruth is an account of lives obedient to the Lord and of God's providing for His people. While Judges displays the disastrous results of disobeying God and shows the powerful negative influence of pagan culture on the faith of God's people, Ruth tells the story of a non-Israelite brought to faithfulness to the one God and blessed as a result. By Harold Shank

1 Samuel

The Book of 1 Samuel provides timeless lessons that are applicable in a powerful way to the twenty-first-century world. It shares memorable illustrations that are taken from the people of God during the remarkable time when Israel's leadership was transitioning from judges to kings. Written in a captivating style, the book gives a selective coverage of the life of Samuel, the last of the judges, who anointed Saul and David as kings of Israel. M. Ray Paseur, Ph.D.

2 Samuel

The Book of 2 Samuel covers the remarkable reign of David. It divides the forty years of his monarchy into two parts: the good years (chapters 2—10) and the bad years (chapters 11—20) that disclosed his victories and his sins and the calamities that followed them. M. Ray Paseur, Ph.D.

1 and 2 Kings

In this course on 1 and 2 Kings, Clyde M. Miller takes a look at the common, human weakness which causes man to seek his own way instead of God’s and to be forced to suffer the consequences. Because God is faithful to His own holiness, Israel’s history can be anticipated on the basis of her obedience or disobedience. God’s redeeming love and providential guidance is clearly seen in this course.

1 and 2 Chronicles

This course is not yet available. It is planned for the future.

Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

Without Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, we would know little about what was happening with God’s people during the time of the Persian Empire. These three great books of biblical history emphasize the sovereignty of God, the importance of being faithful to His Word, and the value of godly leadership. Coy D. Roper’s comments about the exiles’ rebuilding of Jerusalem, their rededication to the Law, and the story of Esther’s courage call us to dedicated service to our faithful God.


Like many today, Job was plagued with great anguish, confusion, and despair. However, he did not allow his adversities to destroy his faith. This study challenges believers today to rely on God in order to weather the storms of life.

Psalms 1—50

Eddie Cloer provides enlightening historical backgrounds to each psalm as well as practical interpretations.

Psalms 51—89

Eddie Cloer provides enlightening historical backgrounds to each psalm as well as practical interpretations.

Psalms 90—118

Eddie Cloer provides enlightening historical backgrounds to each psalm as well as practical interpretations.

Psalms 119—150

This course is not yet available. It is planned for the future.


This course is not yet available. It is planned for the future.

Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon

The wisdom of Solomon is preserved in the Old Testament. Ecclesiastes is the record of his search for the meaning of life. Denny Petrillo leads readers through Solomon's discoveries that only God—not pleasure, profit, or prominence—can make life worthwhile. In the Song of Solomon, we find examples of faithful love and the beauty of marriage in the story of the king's bride.


A unique book of prophecy, Isaiah balances judgment and hope. The message not only had immediate intent for Judah and other nations during the eighth century B.C., but it also anticipated the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 1—25

The prophet Jeremiah is portrayed in Dayton Keesee’s study as a “warrior” for righteousness rather than a “weeping willow.” The first half of the study of this book features an extensive introduction that provides an in-depth look at the prophet’s personal life and his bold mission.

Jeremiah 26—52 and Lamentations

With this course, Dayton Keesee completes his comprehensive study of Jeremiah and adds to it his study of Lamentations, the prophet’s eyewitness account of the destruction of Jerusalem. The message of God’s judgment and mercy to His people is evident through both Jeremiah and Lamentations.


The Book of Ezekiel, written to the exiled Jews in Babylon, teaches many important truths about the nature of God, as well as justice and hope for a displaced people. Denny Petrillo gives detailed explanations of this text, bringing the rich lessons from the sixth century B.C. into our world.


The Book of Daniel contains some of the Bible’s best-loved stories for children and some of its most challenging passages for scholars. While the first half of the book features the faith of Daniel and his three friends—even facing a lions’ den and a fiery furnace—the latter half turns to intriguing images of beasts and perplexing prophecies about future kingdoms.

The Minor Prophets, 1

Coy D. Roper discusses Hosea, Joel, and Amos’ demonstrations of God’s unending love coupled with His intolerance for sin. The prophets’ call to repent was accentuated by Hosea’s marriage to a prostitute and Joel’s account of a locust plague, as well as a host of vivid metaphors, rich visual images, and other figures of speech. Amos pronounced judgment against the surrounding nations and narrowed the focus until his oracles denounced God’s own people, Judah and then Israel.

The Minor Prophets, 2

Coy D. Roper continues the study of the Minor Prophets, small books that contain big lessons for God’s people. The various prophets covered in this course were called to deliver messages concerning Israel, Judah, and several foreign nations. While the details and the results differed, each pre-exilic prophet preached the same basic warning from God: “Repent or perish!”

The Minor Prophets, 3

This final volume on the Minor Prophets features Zechariah and Malachi, in which the prophets admonished the Jews after their return from Babylon. In addition to verse-by-verse coverage of these post-exilic prophets, Coy D. Roper has provided a thorough study on the period between the Testaments.

Extra Studies

Archaeology 57 - 58

Biblical Archaeology, 1

Ancient peoples seem to come alive through the documents and artifacts they left behind. The records they kept and the objects they used in their daily routines tell us about their dress, their food, their hopes and fears, their worship and their warfare. Jack P. Lewis

Biblical Archaeology, 2

In his years of travel and study Jack P. Lewis has gathered a wealth of knowledge to share with Bible students. This collection of reprinted writings and lectures highlights archaeological findings that relate to the Scriptures, all the way from Genesis to Revelation

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