About this Class
A college-level class on how to study the Bible inductively, which emphasizes the most basic tools, principles, and processes for moving from the sound reading of the Scriptures to application.
The book that Dr. Guthrie mentions in lectures 2 and 3 is, The Holman Guide to Interpreting the Bible, by David Dockery and George Guthrie. You can see a link to purchase the book in the Recommended Reading section on this course page.
Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.
What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?
Discusses concordances, study Bibles, translations (formal and functional equivalents), Bible dictionaries, Bible study software, etc, as well as the basic commitments one needs for Bible study.
Treats the central importance of historical context and warns against related fallacies
Points out the importance of reading a passage in its literary context, and with regard for the appropriate genre (e.g., the psalm, the proverb, apocalyptic). The concentric circle diagram is not available for you to look at, but you can draw it from the description Dr. Guthrie gives in the lecture.
Careful observation is critical because you can't interpret or apply what you never see. Dr. Guthrie also discusses how to distinguish between the backbone of a passage and its support material. Make sure to write out the definition of observation that Dr. Guthrie gives at the 9 minute mark of the lecture.
Stresses that words have a range of meaning and that context determines meaning. Examines five fallacies in word study before laying out a plan for effective word studies
The proper steps for reliable and effective application of Scripture to life
To illustrate the proper steps in examining a passage of Scripture, Colossians 2 is explained and the steps applied
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.