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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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2016 English

Course 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'.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have a Bible and a willingness to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • All Christians who desire to understand the Bible better
  • Pastors, preachers and teachers of God's word

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

An introduction to this course.

Section 2: Getting to grips with the Bible

An overview of the Old and New Testaments.


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


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


This article shares what Bible translation the instructor recommends.

Quiz 1 - Getting to grips with the Bible
7 questions
Section 3: The process of interpreting the Bible

This lecture covers pre-requisites of biblical interpretation.


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


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


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


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


This article suggests two useful resources for understanding historical setting.


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


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


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

Quiz 2 - The process of interpreting the Bible
9 questions
Section 4: Conclusion

This lecture is a conclusion and summary of the course.

Section 5: eBook: "Making Sense of the Bible"

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

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Instructor Biography

Dr Stuart Pattico, Senior Pastor at Joy Community Church

I’m Dr. Stuart Pattico, the Senior Pastor and Founder of Joy Community Church and the author of several Christian books including 'Firm Foundations', 'The Holy Spirit Manual', 'The Anointing', 'Praying with Power', 'Hearing God's Voice', 'Moving in the Prophetic', 'The Glory Within You', 'Discover and Fulfil Your Purpose', and 'Making Sense of the Bible'.

I have three earned degrees: a Doctor of Ministry from Christian Leadership University, a Master of Arts in Bible & Ministry from King’s College London, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing & Information Systems from Goldsmiths, University of London.

I have been in Christian ministry since 2004 and have shared God's Word to people of various backgrounds in the United Kingdom, Kenya, India and Ghana.

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