Evangelical Christians affirm the Scriptures as God’s inerrant word, but we still disagree sometimes over the meaning of particular verses or passages, and these differences can influence our Christian doctrine and practice. One reason for these disagreements is that there are many different approaches to interpreting the Bible. But how do we know which approach to interpretation is the most responsible? This course will help answer that question. It is based on the first six lessons in the lecture series, He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. with contributions from a variety of professors.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Summarize and describe the development of the hermeneutical processes of preparation, investigation and application. Understand the importance of discovering the original meaning of Biblical passages.
- Articulate a defense of both the need for diligent human effort and dependence on the Holy Spirit for proper interpretation of Biblical passages.
- Describe the value and importance of the writer, document and original audience in determining the original meaning of Biblical passages.
- Develop strategies for employing an authority-dialog model for Biblical interpretation, avoiding the extremes of simple objectivism and subjectivism.
- Recognize the value of the seeking the full value of the Bible’s meaning.
- Articulate the original meaning of Biblical passages acknowledging the needs of the interpreter’s audience and the unique character of the interpreter.
Course Materials & Tuition
|Richard Pratt, He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1993.||$20.69 (paperback)|
|Henry Virkler and Karelynne Ayayo, Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.||$18.57 (paperback)|
|Dennis E. Johnson, Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2018.||$14.99 (paperback)|
|Total Cost of Course||$411.84|