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ST 500: Fundamental Theology & Biblical Hermeneutics   (3CH)

Course Syllabus

 

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COURSE DEFINITION
An introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation (hermeneutics), application, and correlation. Principles in these steps are applied to several biblical passages and books, including Habakkuk and Philemon.


COURSE DEFINITION
An introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation
(hermeneutics), application, and correlation. Principles in these steps are applied to several biblical
passages and books, including Habakkuk and Philemon.

COURSE DESIGNS

Cognitive Objectives: By the end of this class the student should be able to . . .
1. Implement a methodical approach to inductive Bible study steps of Observation,
Interpretation, Correlation, and Application.
2. Effectively function in the hermeneutical world of historical, cultural, rhetorical, and
grammatical interpretation.
3. Understand the need to exegete both the world of the text and the world of the reader for proper
biblical application.

Affective Objectives: By the end of this course, the student should . . .
1. Feel more confident in rightly handling all segments of the Word of God.
2. Appreciate the various literary genres chosen by God to communicate His mind to humanity.
3. Commit to the diligence necessary to be a qualified interpreter of the Scriptures.

Required Texts:

Robert Traina, Methodical Bible Study
Leland Ryken, How to Read the Bible As Literature
Roy Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation

Course Outline:

Session 1  Introduction to the Course
Reading: Methodical Bible Study, Chapter 1
Assignment: Observing Acts 1:8

Session 2  Observation: Terms
Assignment: Observing Acts 1:8 (Part 2)

Session 3  Review Acts 1:8

Session 4  Observation: Structure
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 6
Assignment: Observing Acts 1:6–11

Session 5  Review Acts 1:6–11

Session 6  Observation: Structure
Assignment: Observing Nehemiah 1:4–11

Session 7  Review Nehemiah 1 and Introduction to Hermeneutics
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapters 1–3

Session 8  Interpretation: Introduction to Hermeneutics
Reading: Methodical Bible Study, Chapter 2
Assignment: Charting the Book of Habakkuk

Session 9  Review of Habakkuk
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 4

Session 10  Interpretation: Historical Backgrounds
Assignment: The Historical Background of Philemon

Session 11  Interpretation: Cultural Backgrounds

Session 12  Interpretation: Cultural Normativeness
Assignment: Cultural Background on Philemon
Reading: How to Read the Bible as Literature

Session 13 Interpretation: Narrative

Session 14  Interpretation: Poetry
Assignment: Psalm 19

Session 15  Interpretation: Parables and Epistles
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 9
Assignment: Epistolary Outline of Philemon

Session 16  Interpretation: Prophecy and Visionary
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 10
Reading: Walt Kaiser’s Chapter on Prophetic Literature

Session 17  Interpretation: Grammatical Contexts
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 5

Session 18  Interpretation: Mechanical Layouts
Uploaded Articles on Grammatical Interpretation
Assignment: Philemon 4–7 Mechanical Layout

Session 19  Interpretation: Word Studies and Figures of Speech
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapters 7 and 8

Session 20  Interpretation: Typology and Old Testament in the New
Reading: Uploaded Articles on OT in the NT
Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 11

Session 21  Interpretation: Dispensational Discontinuity
Reading: Dispensation Handouts

Session 22  Interpretation: Dispensational Continuity
Reading: Methodical Bible Study, Chapter 4

Session 23  Correlation: Principles

Session 24  Correlation: Central Theological Proposition
Assignment: Surfacing the Abiding Truths in Philemon

Session 25  Correlation: Practice

Session 26  Application: Considerations
Reading: Basic Bible Interpretation, Chapter 12
Assignment: Walking away Different from Philemon

Session 27  Application: Contexts

Session 28  Application: Character Formation
Reading: Whatever is Left that hasn’t Been Read

 

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