Biblical Hermeneutics

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


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1 Introduction

Introduction to the class.

The History of the English Bible
2 Early Beginnings

Early Beginnings to the Present

3 Hermeneutical Issues

Hermeneutical Issues Involved in Translation

4 Various Issues

Various Issues Involved with Translation

The Goal of Interpretation
5 Introduction 1

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

6 Introduction 2

An Introduction to Hermeneutics

7 Vocabulary for Interpretation 1

Vocabulary for Interpretation

8 Vocabulary for Interpretation 2

Vocabulary for Interpretation

9 Vocabulary for Interpretation 3

Vocabulary for Interpretation

10 Role of Holy Spirit

The Role of the Holy Spirit

11 Miraculous in Scripture

The Miraculous in Scripture

12 G. B. Caird

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

13 Proverbs


14 Prophecy 1

The genre and language of prophecy.

15 Prophecy 2

Further examples of prophecy

16 Prophecy 3

Prophecy and the beginning discussion of Mark.

17 Poetry 1

Prose and poetry, and examples from the Old Testament.

18 Poetry 2

Types of Poetry in the Bible

19 Idioms


20 Exaggeration 1





18 hours