The Bible can be read in about 70 hours, according to the Church of Christ Network. Simply reading it in its entirety does not ensure fully understanding it. Studying the Bible at a college level does not necessarily require you to pay tuition, however. Some Bible colleges offer courses on various aspects of the Bible free of charge to anyone. You may even be able to take these courses online, at your convenience.
Ames International School of Ministry
The Ames International School of Ministry offers a free Bible course with a printable certificate available upon completion of the course. The course includes a total of 22 different classes to complete on your own schedule. There is no time limit for completing the program. All of the necessary materials are downloaded from the website for free. A message board allows you to connect with other students and to discuss the class content. Further training is available for a fee.
Trinity Bible Correspondence College
By offering free correspondence courses and other resources, Trinity allows students to study areas of theology and the Bible at their own pace. However, students must apply to be accepted to the program. The courses are free, but students from developed countries are required to pay a registration fee. Students from poorer countries do not need to pay this fee. The Trinity Bible Correspondence College offers numerous books as free downloads to its students, including books on baptism and the doctrine of the Trinity. New books are added regularly. Over 100 CDs are available to students for download free of charge, as well.
Trinity College of Biblical Studies
Trinity College of Biblical Studies offers an entire degree program free of charge to its students, resulting in a Bachelor of Biblical Studies. The college also offers a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and archaeological trips for a fee. Students sign up for the courses online and receive all of the materials that they need to complete the course through the Internet, on CD or through the mail. Classes cover many of the areas of the Bible in depth, as well general surveys of the Old and New Testaments, the life of Christ and women of the Bible.
World Bible School
Serving students around the world since the 1950s, the World Bible School strives to spread God's Word around the world and help students better understand its principles. Course material is sent anywhere in the world free of charge to the recipient. The courses were created by United States soldiers who served overseas and found themselves separated from their congregations. The courses cover many of the fundamentals of the Bible, including detailed information on Jesus, the message of the Gospel and living a Christian life. The courses include quotes from the Bible and illustrations to ensure understanding.
- bible image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com