Bible Interpretation: A Primer in Biblical Hermeneutics

Course Description:

Does the Old Testament apply to us today? How do you make sense of the prophets? Where did the Bible come from? These are important topics that radically shape the way we know and serve God. This 15 week adult Sunday studies class is designed to give us tools for understanding what the Bible is and how it should be interpreted. This is not just a great class for teachers, but beneficial for everyone.

Recordings can be found here.

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11

Session 1 (2/21): Purpose and Crisis In Bible Interp. (Part 1)

Handouts:

Intro to Interp: Part 1

Suggested Readings:

Knowing What You're Looking For In The Bible
By Michael S. Horton

Powerpoint (in PDF) of Reliability and Sufficiency of the Bible and Intro To Interp

Session 2 (2/28): Theological Confusion and Methodology- Intro Part 2

Handouts

Intro to Interp Part 2

Suggested Reading:

Guidance by the Holy Spirit and Providence

Session 3 (3/6): Methodology and Covenantal Method (Part 1)

Handouts

Intro con't and Methodology (p. 3ff)

Covenantal Methodology

Covenant Illustration

Session 4 (3/13): The Covenantal Method (Part 2)

Handouts

Covenantal Methodology (con't)

Covenant Illustration (con't)

Session 5 (3/20): A Literary Approach to the Bible  

Handouts

A Literary Approach and Genres

Session 6 (4/3): Old Testament Historical Narratives

Handouts

Interpretating OT Narratives

Session 7 (4/17): Wisdom and Prophets

Handouts

Interpretation of Prophets

Interpretation of Wisdom (Proverbs esp).

Session 8 (4/24) Psalms

Handouts

Psalms as the Prayers of Jesus and the Church

Session 9 (TBD): Revelation and Prophets

Handouts

Interpretation of Apocalyptic Scripture (The Book of Revelation)

Session 10 (5/22): Introduction to Gospels

Handouts

Introduction to Interpreting the Gospels

Power Point

Interpreting the Gospels

Session 11 (6/5): Gospels (cont.) and The Theology and Epistles of Paul

Handouts

Gospels and Theology and Epistles of Paul