This course is an introduction to the basic principles of biblical interpretation and hermeneutical procedures. The student will develop the skills to practice a methodical approach to the observation, interpretation, and application of the Scripture across its various genres.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Christians trust that the Bible is the final rule of faith, belief, and practice. An aptitude in Bible study is essential for both life and ministry. Therefore, the ability to properly read, interpret, and apply the Bible is foundational for all. Consequently, the skills taught and the tools used in this course will prepare the student for a rich and enjoyable study of God’s Word.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. The thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate a comprehension of the corresponding course reading. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLOs: A, D)
Unlocking the Scriptures Project Assignments (3)
Using the Finzel textbook, the student will complete a series of assignments based on a provided template in order to examine specific Bible passages. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)
Methodical Bible Study Assignment
Using the Finzel textbook and the skills practiced in the Unlocking the Scriptures Project, the student will complete a Methodical Bible Study Assignment. The student will use the provided template in order to examine specific Bible passages. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)
Specialized Study Assignment
Using the Finzel textbook and the three components of a Methodical Bible Study, the student will complete a specialized study assignment. The student will use the provided template in order to complete a key word study or a biographical study. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module: week in which it is assigned, along with the preceding module: week or modules: weeks since any prior quizzes. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 50 minutes. The student will be allowed 2 attempts, and the highest score will count toward his or her grade. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)