Biblical Studies (Defined)
Here a few various ways in which 'Biblical Studies' be that an academic degree or a discipline have been defined:
(Disclaimer: the following are in no way exhaustive. If anyone disagrees or has any other definitions to offer please do so on this thread)
Biblical studies is the academic application of a set of diverse disciplines to the study of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the Bible. For its theory and methods, the field draws on disciplines ranging from archaeology, ancient history, cultural backgrounds, textual criticism, literary criticism, historical backgrounds, philology, and social science.
“Biblical studies” is primarily concerned with the foundational, base-level “meaning” of passages or sections of the biblical texts (known as “exegesis”), as well as the developments and circumstances regarding Judaism and early Christianity.
Biblical studies focuses on the canonical books of the Bible both within their historical and cultural worlds and in relation to their reception within the Christian and Jewish traditions.