Biblical Hermeneutics

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of biblical interpretation.

About this Course

These lectures were given at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky during the fall of 2002.

Dr. Robert Stein covers the history of the English Bible and then moves into the rules for interpreting the biblical text, including the role of the Holy Spirit in the hermeneutical process. He then spends considerable time moving through the different genres of literature (e.g., proverbs, poetry, parables, narrative).

Thank you to Charles Campbell and Fellowship Bible Church for writing out the lecture notes for the class (to the right). Note that they do not cover every lecture.

  • Length:
    18 hours
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Institution:
    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Subject:
    Biblical Studies
  • Skill Level:
    Seminary
  • Languages:
    English

Lectures

1

Introduction to the class.

2

Early Beginnings to the Present

3

Hermeneutical Issues Involved in Translation

4

Various Issues Involved with Translation

5

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

6

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

7

Vocabulary for Interpretation

8

Vocabulary for Interpretation

9

Vocabulary for Interpretation

10

The Role of the Holy Spirit

11

The Miraculous in Scripture

12

G. B. Caird, The Language and Imagery of the Bible.

13

Proverbs

14

The genre and language of prophecy.

15

Further examples of prophecy

16

Prophecy and the beginning discussion of Mark.

17

Prose and poetry, and examples from the Old Testament.

18

Types of Poetry in the Bible

19

Idioms

20

Exaggeration

Pages

Meet the Professors

Professor of New Testament

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level courses.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy sections, we recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses. In the Institute section, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.