Hermeneutics I – PRTH 172

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the historical background, rules, principles, and methods of sound biblical interpretation. Course includes a review of English grammar.




The purpose of this course is to launch the student into the arena of formal biblical analysis. The student needs specific information, tools, skills, and guidance for properly studying the Holy Scriptures. This course assists the learner in using basic Bible study tools in association with proper procedures for gathering raw data and processing that data such that it can be interpreted and applied to daily living.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze various Old and New Testament passages to discern historical, cultural, and grammatical elements.
  2. Explain the elements featured in selected Bible passages.
  3. Explain the differences in wording among various Bible translations.
  4. Prepare lexical word studies using a Bible concordance.
  5. Apply appropriate biblical principles to ethical dilemmas in a ministry setting.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentation/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The student will post 1 thread of at least 400 words and 2 replies of at least 150 words each. Each thread and reply must be supported by at least 1 source in current Turabian format (MLO: B, C).

Bible Reading Log

The student will read the assigned biblical passage. After completing the reading, the student will fill out the template form provided (MLO: B).

Bible Observation Drill

The student will complete a Bible Observation Drill by filling out the provided template. The drill will ask the student to read and analyze a specific biblical passage (MLO: A, B).

Quiz on McQuilkin Article

The student will search for and read the journal article Limits of Cultural Interpretation by J. Robertson McQuilken (this is found in the Liberty Online Library). The student will then take a quiz about the article (MLO: A, E).

Immediate Contexts

The student will analyze assigned biblical verses while considering the preceding and subsequent passages. The student will complete this assignment by filling out the template form provided (MLO: A, B, E).

Under the Bible Concordance

The student will use an online database to research the recurrence and varied meanings of specific biblical terms. The student will complete this assignment by filling out the template form provided (MLO: B, D).

Evaluating Your Personal Study Bible Quiz

The student will assess the adequacy of the features of his/her study Bible by completing the quiz (MLO: A, B, C).

Biblical Types, Allegories, and Symbols Quiz

The student will complete a quiz about biblical types, allegories, and symbols from the reading in Roy Zuck and Duvall and Hays (MLO: A, E).

Applying Biblical Principles

The student will complete this assignment by filling out the template form provided. The student will follow the instructions in the template to complete all parts of the assignment (MLO: A, B, E).

Understanding the Epistles

The student will study the book of Philemon and complete the listed assignments by filling out the template form provided (MLO: A, B, E).

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams in this course. The exams have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit and include 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions (MLO: A, B, C).