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John Bechtle

Professor of Biblical Studies

  • B. A., Arizona Bible College (Bible/Pastoral Studies); 
  • M.Div., Talbot Seminary (New Testament); 
  • D. Min, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (New Testament)

Bio

John Bechtle serves as Professor of Biblical Studies at the Indianapolis campus of the College of Biblical Studies. He has taught Greek and related subjects as an adjunct instructor for Crossroads Bible College since 2009.  He also helped the college develop its online degrees in Urban Ministry and Biblical Counseling. John was deeply involved in the local church as a young person in Phoenix, Arizona, and his passion for the Word of God was deepened by his Bible college training at Arizona Bible College.  He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree in New Testament from Talbot Seminary, followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, with an emphasis in New Testament Greek Pedagogy. He began his teaching career at Arizona College of the Bible, where he served for 27 years as professor, registrar, and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  He specialized in teaching Greek, using a self-instructional workbook that he developed during his doctoral program.  He also taught a wide range of courses in Bible, theology, and church history.  He also served for a number of years as director of a distance learning program for home school students.  He and his wife Peggy have three children and five grandchildren.  He has always been involved in church music as pianist, organist, choir member, and keyboardist, and has taught adult Sunday School classes for over 45 years.  He has had opportunities to teach in a variety of settings:  as an Old Testament Walk Thru the Bible instructor, host of a daily radio Bible teaching program, as a traveling Bible teacher in Austria, and as a visiting teacher in Japan. 

Publications and Awards

  • Greek Behind the Prof’s Back, self-published
  • Contributor to The Complete Biblical Library – Greek and Hebrew word studies, commentary of I John to Jude Researcher for the Proverbs volume in the Holman Bible Commentary (Max Anders, editor)
  • Contributor to Barron’s CLEP, 10th, 11th, 12th editions
  • Dr. Bechtle’s Web site (www.ezraproject.com) contains a variety of resources to help students get started on studying the original language of the New Testament.  He produces “Word of the Week,” a blog/email study of one Greek word in each article.  Free subscriptions are available on request.