Hermeneutics: Principles of Interpreting the Bible
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Hermeneutics: Principles of Interpreting the Bible

Learn how to interpret the Bible accurately! Study the branch of theology that deals with principles of interpretation.
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be able to apply sound hermeneutical principles when studying the Bible
  • You will have a better understanding of the Bible
  • You will be able to handle God's word correctly
  • You will be able to represent God more accurately
  • You will be able to teach / preach from the Bible more accurately
Requirements
  • Students will need to have a Bible and a willingness to learn.
Description

Do you desire to have a better understanding of the Bible?  Would you like to be able to handle God's word with confidence?  If so, this course is for you! 

Hermeneutics is the branch of Christian theology that deals with how we interpret the Bible.  This course takes you through the important principles that must be followed in order to interpret and understand God's word correctly.  You will be equipped to better understand the Bible and to handle it with confidence.  Pastors and ministers will also be better equipped to preach / teach from the Bible with greater accuracy.

This course covers:

  • What the Bible is
  • Why there are so many translations
  • Pre-requisites of biblical interpretation
  • The importance of context, historical setting, and a passage's geography
  • Figures of speech and features of biblical poetry
  • Drawing out the intended meaning of a passage (exegesis) vs reading into a passage a meaning that is not there (eisegesis)
  • Understanding why a particular book in the Bible was written, and how this informs interpretation
  • Comparing your understanding of a passage with what the rest of the Bible teaches


This course also includes an electronic copy of my book, 'Making Sense of the Bible'.

Who this course is for:
  • All Christians who desire to understand the Bible better
  • Pastors, preachers and teachers of God's word
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 01:02:55
+ Getting to grips with the Bible
4 lectures 25:33

An overview of the Old and New Testaments.

What is the Bible?
05:44

This lecture covers the revelation, inspiration and authority of the Bible.

The uniqueness of the Bible
07:26

This lecture covers four reasons for there being different Bible translations.

Preview 10:17

This article shares what Bible translation the instructor recommends.

Which Bible translation should I use?
02:06
Quiz 1 - Getting to grips with the Bible
7 questions
+ The process of interpreting the Bible
10 lectures 31:53

This lecture covers pre-requisites of biblical interpretation.

Pre-requisites of biblical interpretation
04:46

This lecture emphasizes and explains the difference between exegesis and eisegesis. 

Exegesis vs eisegesis
03:13

This lecture covers the importance of knowing why a particular book in the Bible was written.

Understanding why a book in the Bible was written
04:20

This lecture covers the importance of keeping verses in their context.

Preview 03:45

This lecture examines how knowing the historical setting of a passage can inform its interpretation.

Understanding the historical setting
04:54

This article suggests two useful resources for understanding historical setting.

Two resources to help you understand the historical setting
00:16

This lecture examines how being aware of a passage's geographic setting informs your interpretation of that passage.

Be aware of the passage's geographic setting
03:14
Two resources to help you understand the geographical setting
00:54

This lecture emphasizes the importance of checking your interpretation of a passage with what the rest of the Bible teaches.

Comparing your interpretation of a passage with the rest of the Bible
01:17

This lecture looks at figures of speech and features of biblical poetry.

Figures of speech and poetry
05:14
Quiz 2 - The process of interpreting the Bible
9 questions
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 02:47

This lecture is a conclusion and summary of the course.

Conclusion and summary of the course
02:47
+ eBook: "Making Sense of the Bible"
1 lecture 00:05

Dr. Stuart Pattico's book, "Making Sense of the Bible".

Copy of "Making Sense of the Bible" eBook
00:05