Understanding The Bible
Historical Roots of Philadelphia College of Bible, Photo Album
Philadelphia School of the Bible
1914 - 1951
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Philadelphia College of Bible, Milestone 1969

Philadelphia School of the Bible Founded in 1914

October 1, 1914 marked the opening of the Philadelphia School of the Bible at 1720 Arch Street. Months before, C. I Schofield had expressed to Wm. L. Pettingill his desire to found such a school, "... what is needed is a school of the Bible -- Hebrew, Greek, English -- but especially English with a two or three-year course intellectually as severe as the course of any theological seminary."

Thus, an interdenominational Bible school was formed and by 1918, the progressing school had secured permanent facilities in the 17oo block of Spring Garden Street.

Throughout the 1920's the emphasis upon the Christian service program was increased in an attempt to meet the needs of the Delaware Valley.  In 1923, the curriculum was expanded to a three-year diploma course.


PSB, located at 1700 block of Spring Garden Street, (1918-1951) also saw the necessity of serving in the mainstream of city life.


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C. I. Schofield, editor of the Scofield Reference Bible and prominent theologian, was the co-founder and first president of PSB.

Wm. L. Pettingill, along with Scofield, formulated the principles which are the basis for this evangelical Bible college.



Student recreation hall served the purpose of providing a place of relaxation at PSB.



Christian Service was demonstrated by seniors at each school.


Commencement - the awaited climax to years of study. (PSB graduation)


Philadelphia College of Bible MILESTONE, 1969
1913-1951 Bible Institute of Pennsylvania   1951 The Merger - PSB + BIOPA = PBI 1958 PBI becomes Philadelphia College of Bible
1958 Philadelphia College of Bible 1969 C. E. Mason Dedication 1963 - Douglas B. MacCorkle, President, PCB
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Philadelphia College of bible MILESTONE, 1969

Elizabeth Mason, Editor
Paul Kartman, Managing Editor



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