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Mobile Ed: BI162 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II
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Mobile Ed: BI162 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II


Lexham Press 2017

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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


  • 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


  • Springboard for Further Study

Product Details

  • Title: BI162 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages II
  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 3

About the Instructor

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 coeditor 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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