BIB516: He Gave Us Scripture 2 (Hermeneutics)

(3 credits)

Course Description

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 final five 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.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize and describe the types of connections between us and the original audiences of Scripture – having the same God, similar world, and similar kinds of people.
  2. Summarize and describe the types of developments between us and the original audiences of Scripture- epochal, cultural and personal developments.
  3. Articulate the epochal divisions in the Old Testament and how understanding them is necessary for proper application of Scripture.
  4. Articulate how the new covenant should guide our application of Scripture today.
  5. Describe how cultural aspects of the Bible should affect our application of Scripture today.
  6. Identify a variety of applications of Biblical passages to accommodate the different kinds of people in your congregation, classroom, or ministry.

Moodle Login and Syllabus
Course Materials & Tuition

Edmund P. Clowney, The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament. Second Edition. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2013. $12.99 (paperback)
$4.00 (kindle)
Gordan Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Fourth Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. $13.89 (paperback)
$15.99 (kindle)
Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. $20.56
Richard Pratt, He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1993, pp. 307-402. $20.69 (paperback)
$13.86 (hardcover)
Tuition $800.00
Total Cost of Course $852.31