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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.

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.

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Lectures

Lecture 21

Exaggeration

Lecture 22

Introduction to parables

Lecture 23

Interpretation of parables

Lecture 24

Allegory and historical narrative

Lecture 25

Clues to interpreting historical narrative

Lecture 26

Understanding the letters in the New Testament. How words are used.

Lecture 27

How sentences are to be understood

Lecture 28

The genre of covenant, and the Psalms

Lecture 29

Psalms

Lecture 30

The books that make up the Bible

Pages

Student's Guide

Student's Guide - Biblical Hermeneutics

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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.