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Biblical Hermeneutics

How do you even start to study your Bible? What are the guiding principles? Are the rules for interpreting narrative any different from parables and apocalyptic literature? How do you understand prophecy? These questions and more are answered in this class.

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About this Class

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). Dr. Stein did not provide us the notes he refers to in the class, but we did place links for the books he used as a basis for the class on the class page under the Recommended Reading heading.


Lecture 1

Introduction to the class and early beginnings to the present.

Lecture 2

Early Beginnings to the Present

Lecture 3

Hermeneutical Issues Involved in Translation

Lecture 4

Hermeneutical Issues Involved in Translation

Lecture 5

Various Issues Involved with Translation

Lecture 6

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

Lecture 7

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

Lecture 8

Vocabulary for Interpretation

Lecture 9

Vocabulary for Interpretation

Lecture 10

The role of the Holy Spirit in interpretation

Lecture 11

The Role of the Holy Spirit

Lecture 12

The Miraculous in Scripture

Lecture 13

The first part of this lecture is based on the book, "The Language and Imagery of the Bible," by G. B. Caird. The section part is about how you interpret Proverbs. 

Lecture 14

The genre and language of prophecy

Lecture 15

Further examples of prophecy

Lecture 16

Prophecy and the beginning discussion of Mark

Lecture 17

Prose and poetry and examples from the Old Testament

Lecture 18

Types of poetry in the Bible. How to translate idioms. 

Lecture 19


Lecture 20



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 classes.

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

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, 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.