WANT TO GO BEYOND THE INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY METHOD?
This course is for ANY Christian who has a basic understanding of the Bible but wishes to take their study of the Bible to a deeper level.
In addition, if you are someone who desires to lead or is currently leading a Bible study this course will give you the tools for maximum preparation and confidence.
BASIC CONCEPTS IN THE COURSE
This course teaches advanced Bible study techniques in the form of the 7 rules of Bible Interpretation:
Each chapter includes:
In this lecture I give you my top five (5) reasons why EVERY Christian like you should take this course:
#1 - You are already an unconscious "interpreter" of the Bible. Why not learn to do it consciously and do it well?
#2 - You cannot let others, the so-called "experts" interpret the Bible for you.
#3 - Your personal Bible studies will become more dynamic and adventurous.
#4 - You are going to be much better prepared as a participant or as a facilitator / leader of Bible studies.
#5 - You are going to be able to tackle and learn about difficult Bible topics on your own.
In this lesson we highlight some important aspects of the Udemy platform to make your course more informative and enjoyable. In addition, we cover the material that can be downloaded with each lesson (a Chapter Summary and Reflection Questions).
Finally, we touch on forum etiquette and on the importance of the forums for sharing information, asking questions, and making suggestions for improvement. The forums greatly increase the classroom experience and knowledge.
In this lecture, I provide you with a simple, three-step framework for studying the Bible in this course.
Step 1 - Begin with the Bible itself. What was the original message to the original Bible audience?
Step 2 - What is the principle of a particular story or passage regardless of it original culture-bound meaning? This will help greatly in your application.
Step 3 - How can you apply the principle of a passage from Step 2 to a modern audience or context?
In this lecture, I provide you with a basic overview of each rule in our course 7 Rules of Bible Interpretation Every Christian Should Know:
1. Rule #1 - Pre-Existing Conditions - There are no objective readers of the Bible. This chapter introduces you to some common interpretation biases. The goal is to diminish their influence in your reading of the Bible.
2. Rule #2 - By the Book - How to get a sense for a whole book of the Bible. This will provide the background for understanding individual passages.
3. Rule #3 - Context, context, context - How do other passages in the same book add meaning and clarity to our passage?
4. Rule #4 - Word up - In this lesson, we demonstrate the richness of doing a mini-word study on particular terms in your passage.
5. Rule #5 - Culture Shock - This is where we seek to better understand the culture and the customs of the passage we are studying.
6. Rule #6 - Bible Context - How do similar passages in other parts of the Bible add meaning and clarity to our passage.
7. Rule #7 - Modern-day application - Here we demonstrate how to apply the Bible's message to our modern problems, issues and questions.
Everyone approaches the Bible with a set of predispositions about what it says. Our experience, church tradition, language and culture all play a part in this process and sometimes hinder our ability to listen to the Bible on its own terms.
In this lesson we will provide examples of different blind spots to enable students to approach the Bible in a more balanced way. These include:
1. The impact of our experiences (both good and bad) on our beliefs about specific Bible teachings and God.
2. The impact of our denominational or religious heritage which shapes how we view certain Bible doctrines.
3. The impact of our own language and culture which causes us to interpret certain words or concepts in the Bible through our own modern cultural lens.
In this lesson we introduce you to Rule #2 - By the Book. By the book takes you step-by-step through the process of studying an entire book of the Bible at once.
Why would you do this? Because having a bird's-eye view of the contents of a book make it much easier for you to drill down into the meaning of individual passages. By the book shows you the importance of knowing the book's author, purpose for writing and main themes.
In this lesson we run through an example of using Rule #2 - By the Book using 1 Thessalonians as our sample.
In this lesson we show you the importance of reading the passages that come before and after your passage of study. In other words, we show you how to read a passage in its context. This keeps you from reading passages in isolation which may skew your understanding of their message.
At the same time, we show you how to locate similar themes to your passage of study within the same book.
The reading of other passages in the same book give additional meaning and clarity to any passage that you are studying.
In this lesson, we introduce you to the exciting concept of word studies. Using a simple formula and an on-line Bible concordance, we will demonstrate the value of going deeper in the individual words of a Bible passage.
Your reasons for doing a deeper study of a term are multiple:
1) Words in the Bible have different or richer meanings than is readily visible at first glance. In our own culture, a term like "9/11" communicates a host of deeper themes than mere numbers on a page.
2) We may attach a meaning to a word in the Bible that is different from how the Bible uses it. An example of this would be our modern word "church", which comes with an image of pews, choirs, Sunday school classes and the like that is quite different from its usage in the New Testament.
In this lesson we continue our study of Rule #4 Word Up. Our aim in this lesson is to supply you with a set of criteria by which you can choose good words to study using Rule #4. In summary these criteria include:
In this lesson, we take you through a simple three-step process for doing a word study and then show you an example using 1 Corinthians 6:18.
The steps involve: 1) Choosing the proper term to study; 2) Looking-up every occurrence of that word in the Bible using an online Bible concordance; 3) Summarizing the main ideas from these verses to add richness to our word.
In this lesson we demonstrate how to use an online Bible concordance in order to do word studies in a Bible passage.
In this lesson we introduce the use of Rule #5 - Culture Shock which helps us to study the prominent cultural elements in a passage.
The steps for using Rule #5 - Culture shock include:
1. Identify the cultural elements in your passage that require further explanation.
2. Look-up these cultural elements in a Bible dictionary and jot down potentially useful information
3. Summarize your notes and select information that adds clarity or meaning to your passage.
In this lesson we show you the different cultural elements that may be found in a passage: these include political, religious, social, economic and philosophical elements.
In this lesson we use Rule #5 - Culture Shock to study Mark 14:1-10.
We first will determine the different religious, economic, and social elements that we should study using Rule #5. Finally, we demonstrate the wealth of information that is available from studying only one element in detail: the bottle of nard perfume that is an important part of this narrative.
In this lesson we discuss potential responses to the question: "Why does it seems like so much work to study a passage?"
1. We are sometimes too cavalier when it comes to the Bible. We want and expect God to speak to us through the Bible but we are not willing to take the time to understand it on its own terms and in its own culture.
2. There are great rewards awaiting those who take the time to study the Bible using the 7 Rules of Bible Interpretation.
The question is not, "why must we spend so much time studying the Bible?" but rather "why not spend a great deal of time studying the Bible?"
In this lesson we take a look at Rule #6 - Bible Context. This tool allows you to study other parts of the Bible to see how these clarify and add meaning to your passage of study.
When John says of Jesus, "behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" you would have to look into Israel's system of sacrifices in order to fully grasp what he means. This would required the use of Rule #6 - Bible Context.
In this lesson we take a look at the different ways we can connect two Bible passages together in order that one might make the other clearer:
1) One possibility is how the New Testament makes reference to or cites a passage in the Old Testament.
2) Another possibility is how the Old Testament anticipates something in the New Testament.
3) A third possibility is one passage clarifies the meaning of another passage in the Old Testament.
4) A final possibility is when one passage clarifies the meaning of another passage in the New Testament.
In this lesson we take you through an example of using Rule #6 - Bible Context. We study 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and look at the way another passage, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, helps to clarify and add meaning to our passage of study.
In this lesson we introduce Rule #7 - Modern-Day application. This lesson will take you through the process of applying any passage of scripture to any modern situation.
In this lesson we provide you with some helpful guidelines for finding a universal message.
1) God's moral commands tend to be relevant in any era.
2) Make sure you understand the topic the passage is touching upon. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exo 20:3) is mostly about our relationship and fidelity to God.
3) Ask yourself to whom is the passage directed? To families, children, parents? Individual or group? Rich or poor, male or female?
4) Be careful with promises in the Bible. A promise to a New Testament believer is likely to be applicable to believers of our time; a promise to an Old Testament believer may be applicable to believers of our time depending on context; a promise made to the nation of Israel cannot be spiritualized and applied to a modern nation.
5) Do not confuse a principle with a promise. Many of the teachings in Proverbs are principles. They suggest likely outcomes from desired behavior, but they do not guarantee that outcome.
6) Does the text demand a change in thought, feeling or behavior?
7) When dealing with Old Testament narratives or parables, remember that these generally illustrate one central idea. Don't look for hidden message in every detail.
In this lesson we give you some real-world examples of Rule #7 - Modern-Day Application. This includes applications from Joshua 7 - Achan's sin and 1 Corinthians 12, the church as a body.
In this lesson we reinforce the main points of the course, restate the reasons for why every Christian should take this class and summarize the "7 Rules of Bible Interpretation."
Gustavo Karakey is a professor of New Testament at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín. He has taught Bible and theology classes at the bible institute, bible college, seminary and Sunday School class levels for the past 15 years.
Gustavo holds a B.A. in Economics from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA, a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Theology (New Testament) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA and is currently working on his doctorate in New Testament at the London School of Theology.
Gustavo's passion is to help train a new generation of pastors, leaders and missionaries for the growing church in Latin America. In addition, he is passionate about taking some of his Bible courses and making them available to a wider church audience.
The "7 Rules of Bible Interpretation Every Christian Should Know" is one such example. In addition he has written Bible articles and studies for his own blog: Bible Study Guru.