why this course?
Learn the essentials of interpreting the Bible with respect and honesty.
audit for $375
Auditing means you are not required to complete assignments and the professor will not be reviewing your work. We strongly recommend full participation for maximum value.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the divine initiative in revelation and the very human and divine cooperation in the processes of inspiration, canonicity, translation, and preservation of scripture.
- Grasp the meaning of the text of scripture God intended to convey. This means we avoid imposing a meaning on the text and instead listen well for the meaning of the text in its original historical and grammatical context and then bridge the gap to our contemporary context.
- Develop skills in the methods that assist in discerning God’s intended message.
- Use appropriate Bible Study tools (i.e., Bible dictionary, Bible concordance, Bible atlas, commentaries on the Old and New Testaments).
- Communicate the findings of your study to others through the presentation of a lesson based on an assigned paragraph of scripture.
- Learn not just how to read and study scripture but how to listen to it, discern the heart of God and open ourselves to the power of scripture to transform us.
Duval, J. Scott, and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2012.
Available on Populi on “Grasping God’s Word” Info page.
“apokalypsis” in The Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament, John R. Kolhlenberger, Edward W. Goodrick, and James A Swanson, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1997), 75.
Erickson, Millard J. “The Preservation of the Revelation: Inspiration,” in Introducing Christian Doctrine, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992), 52-59.
“katallagē” in The Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament, John R. Kolhlenberger, Edward W. Goodrick, and James A Swanson, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1997), 417.
“katallassō” in The Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament, John R. Kolhlenberger, Edward W. Goodrick, and James A Swanson, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), 417.
Robinson, George L. “Canon of the OT,” in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, rev. ed. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979), 1:591-601.
Meye, R.P. ”Canon of the NT,” in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, rev. ed. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979), 1:601–606.
Potts, Donald R. “Samaria, Samaritans,” in Holman Bible Dictionary, ed. Trent C. Butler (Nashville: Holman, 1991), 1224-1225.
“άλλάσσω” in New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis, ed. Moisés Silva, 2nd. Ed, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014), 1:242-249.
This course will help each student better understand God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible and, therefore, how to live more faithfully in today’s world. The course will include a study of the formation of the Bible and will teach a method for independent Bible study, including an emphasis on grammatical-historical scripture interpretation.
- Lectures 5
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 6 Weeks Modular
- Skill level Level 300
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes
BSc, MDiv, PhD (candidate)
I have worked as a Civil Engineer (10 years) and as a minister (19 years). Kris and I have been married for 31 years; we have two grown children, Eden and Jessie. I am at the dissertation stage of my doctorate in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. The title of my dissertation is, "Uncommon Grace: Nature and Grace in the theology of Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Walter Scott, and Barton W. Stone, 1800-1874."
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