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Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II (3 hour course)

by Heiser, Michael S., Logos Mobile EducationLexham Press, 2017

Mobile Ed: BI162 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II (3 hour course)

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Overview


 

In Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II (BI162), Dr. Michael Heiser discusses several challenging Scripture passages. He covers some passages that pose ethical problems like God telling Samuel to lie, David asking God to kill his enemies, and Jesus telling His disciples to buy swords or to eat His flesh and drink His blood. He also examines several places where New Testament authors use Old Testament passages.

Learning Objectives


Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify the interpretative difficulties of the ten passages discussed
  • Discuss significant contextual details and explain how they influence interpretation
  • Explain the debated grammatical elements of each passage
  • Evaluate a variety of interpretations for each passage
  • Gain skill in how to resolve difficult Scripture passages on your own

Course Outline


Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: 1 Samuel 16:1–5

  • God and Samuel
  • The Problem with 1 Samuel 16:1–5
  • What Is a Lie?
  • Context of the Ninth Commandment
  • Acceptable Uses of Deception
  • Contemporary Application of Ninth Commandment

Unit 2: Ezekiel 1

  • Ezekiel 1: Capturing the Imagination
  • Ezekiel’s Vision of God’s Throne
  • Elements of Ezekiel 1 and Their Context
  • Meaning of Ezekiel 1

Unit 3: Psalm 137:8–9

  • Asking God for Vengeance
  • Understanding Imprecatory Prayer
  • Christian Imprecatory Prayers

Unit 4: 1 Chronicles 21 / 2 Samuel 24

  • God or Satan?
  • “The Devil” Is in the Grammar
  • Angel of the Lord
  • David as Pharaoh

Unit 5: Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34

  • Jesus’ Use of Psalm 82:6
  • Gods or People?
  • Mortal View #1
  • Mortal View #2
  • Divine View: Part 1
  • Divine View: Part 2

Unit 6: Matthew 2:15

  • Out of Egypt
  • Problems with Hosea 11:1
  • Hosea 11:1 Woven into Fabric of Messianic Prophecy

Unit 7: Matthew 1:23

  • The Virgin Shall Conceive …
  • Context of Isaiah 7:14
  • Why Isaiah 7:14 Is Controversial
  • Hebrew Words for “Virgin”: Part 1
  • Hebrew Words for “Virgin”: Part 2
  • Connecting More Messianic Threads

Unit 8: Matthew 10:34

  • Does Jesus Encourage Violence?
  • Division and Persecution

Unit 9: John 6

  • Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood
  • Bread as an Analogy
  • Disconnecting John 6

Conclusion

  • Springboard for Further Study

About the Instructor


Michael Heiser

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson both directly contribute to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds and MA in ancient history and Hebrew studies. He is the co-editor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations, and can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. In addition, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.

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The Faithlife Study Bible is the world’s largest study Bible, designed for digital with multiple layers of notes. It includes infographics, videos, tables, timelines, and over a hundred articles written by scholars and pastors across the world. Three layers of notes allow you to dig deeper in the text as you find answers to your biblical questions. Based on the original languages of the Bible, it is translation independent, with seven supported English translations in the notes.
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Lexham Bible Dictionary
Various Authors
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Get the most advanced Bible dictionary in existence. The Lexham Bible Dictionary spans more than 7,000 articles, with contributions from hundreds of top scholars from around the world. Designed as a digital resource, it integrates seamlessly with the rest of your Logos library. And regular updates are applied automatically, ensuring that it never goes out of date.
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Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary
Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary
R. Alan Cole
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Exodus, Cole says, is 'the centre of the Old Testament'. It recounts the supreme Old Testament example of the saving acts of God, narrates the instituting of Passover and enshrines the giving of God's law. It portrays Moses, the prototype of all Israel's prophets, and Aaron, the first high priest.
$15.99
I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible
I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible
Michael S. Heiser
$14.99 if purchased separately
The Bible is filled with passages that are so baffling we tend to ignore them. Yet the passages that seem weird might be the most important. This collection of essays from Bible Study Magazine will shock you, intrigue you, and completely change the way you view the Bible.
$14.99
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Various Authors
$26.99 if purchased separately
The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary sets the standard for what a Bible dictionary should be—a vast storehouse of easy-to-find, easy-to-grasp, useful information. Completely revised and expanded, with more user-friendly features than ever, this edition of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary is designed both for those who need information quickly and those who want in-depth treatments on hundreds of topics. Additionally, hundreds of color photographs, maps, reconstructions and charts illuminate the text in a way you never thought possible. Once you begin reading, you’ll understand why the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary has become the gold standard in Bible reference publishing!
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