This course provides an introduction to methods and tools for inductive study of biblical texts,through observation, interpretation, application, and implementation. Taking a skill-development approach, students will identify and practice sound hermeneutical methods toward understanding Scripture, including analysis in light of historical background and biblical context.
To employ a consistent and reliable hermeneutic in the interpretation of biblical texts.
The Scriptures are the life-giving breath of God in the pages of a book, given to us by God to transform us into the very image of Jesus Christ. How we approach that book matters. How we understand what it is saying matters. How we apply what it says to the shaping of our perspectives, attitudes, and actions will determine whether we will be transformed by it or further hardened to its intended impact. This course of study is intended to introduce students to an understanding of what the Bible says about itself and engage them in a pursuit of all that it claims to offer to them.
The effort to understand an ancient text for what it is saying and to apply its teachings in a very different time and culture is a difficult challenge. When that text is a translation of an original written in a different language it is an even bigger challenge. This course is designed as a hands-on exercise aimed at enhancing the student’s ability to understand, interpret, and apply the text of Scripture. Students will be introduced to expositional skills that will help them identify what the text is saying, interpret its message accurately, and apply it to their lives consistently with its intent.
The stories of the Bible are often epic and inspiring. They provide windows into the nature of God and people, good and evil, and the raw dynamics of humanity as it engages with a broken world. The focus of this course is to find in biblical narrative a deep sense of who God is, what is the condition of fallen humanity, and what it looks like when broken people pursue or resist the God who made them. It will explore persons, personalities, cultures, and contexts to find real and legitimate application to life and godliness in this present time and place.