Talbot School of Theology

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Talbot School of Theology
Former names
Talbot Theological Seminary
Parent institution
Biola University
PresidentBarry Corey
DeanClinton Arnold
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students1,320 (F 2017)

Talbot School of Theology is an evangelical Christian theological seminary located near Los Angeles. Talbot is one of the nine schools that comprise Biola University, located in La Mirada, California. Talbot is nondenominational and known for its conservative theological positions, particularly its historical adherence to biblical inerrancy.[1]


In 1952, during the last year of his second term as Biola's president, Louis Talbot worked to establish a fully accredited theological seminary. The seminary's first dean was Charles L. Feinberg, who, along with his colleagues, unanimously voted to name the seminary "Talbot Theological Seminary." In 1981, the seminary's name was changed to "Talbot School of Theology" when Biola moved from college to university status.[2]

Talbot is known for its conservative theology, especially related to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and premillennial eschatology.


Talbot first became accredited in 1978 by Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[3] Talbot has more than 1,200 students, 70 full-time faculty members, 50 part-time faculty, and offers six master's degrees and three doctoral degrees. Clinton E. Arnold is Talbot's sixth and current dean, serving since 2012.[2]

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New Talbot Complex[edit]

The Talbot Building Complex Project is a $55.4 million project that will take place in two phases over the course of several years. Prior to completion of Phase One, existing Talbot facilities, which had been designed for 300 graduate students, were serving 1,000 students in massively overcrowded conditions. When completed, the buildings are designed to form a seminary "campus within a campus."

Phase One added a new 30,617-square-foot (2,844.4 m2) building adjacent to Feinberg Hall, named Talbot East. This $21.4 million project added 7 classrooms, 31 academic offices, and features a faculty meeting room, prayer chapel, two conference rooms, and a Ph.D. seminar room. On May 20, 2010, Biola officials held a ground breaking ceremony for Phase One and it was officially dedicated on October 14, 2011.[4][5]

Phase Two will demolish Myers Hall, which is nearly 50 years old, and replace it with a state-of-the-art 57,798-square-foot (5,369.6 m2) building, providing 17 classrooms, 53 academic offices, a theology reading room, a student lounge/cafe', and a recreation room. Rooftop gardens will help decrease the amount of energy required to heat and cool the building. Phase Two will also remodel the first floor of Feinberg Hall to accommodate the Institute for Spiritual Formation.

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  1. ^ "Doctrinal Statement". Biola University. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "History and Accreditation: Talbot School of Theology". Biola University. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ "ATS - Member Schools". The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2021-10-15.
  4. ^ "Talbot East Groundbreaking Ceremony". Biola News - Biola University Blogs. Retrieved 2021-10-15.
  5. ^ "Inside Talbot East". Biola Magazine - Biola University Blogs. Retrieved 2021-10-15.

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