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Mobile Ed: BI173 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about the Bible? (4 hour course)

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Christians believe the Bible is God’s Word, but the specific implications behind what that means are debated. In Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about the Bible? (BI173), Dr. Michael Heiser examines the issues of inspiration, inerrancy, and the canon. He explores different views on what role human authors played in the writings found in the Bible and how they were inspired by God. Then he moves on to address several questions surrounding the doctrine of inerrancy: What does the term mean? How have Christians understood it historically? What constitutes an “error”? Finally, he looks at the books included in the Bible, or the canon, and how it came to be. Through a discussion of the historical development of the Christian canon, he explains the reasons why various traditions regard different books as authoritative.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Inspiration

  • Millard Erickson’s Five Categories
  • Dynamic, Verbal, Dictation
  • Human and Divine Element of Inspiration

Unit 2: Inerrancy

  • What Does Inerrancy Mean?
  • Historical Positions: Part 1
  • Historical Positions: Part 2
  • Inerrancy: Part 1
  • Inerrancy: Part 2
  • Historical Positions
  • Struggle

Unit 3: What Is an Error?

  • Specific Difficulties
  • Israelite Cosmology
  • The Waters above and below the Heavens
  • “God’s Eye” View of the Created World
  • Point
  • Primitive Conception of Conception: Part 1
  • Primitive Conception of Conception: Part 2
  • Prophecies that Don’t Happen
  • Number Discrepancies: Part 1
  • Number Discrepancies: Part 2
  • Number Discrepancies: Part 3
  • New Testament Citation of Old Testament
  • Differences in Gospels: Dialogue
  • Differences in Gospels: Narrative Elements
  • Editorial Hands
  • How Do We Define Inspiration and Inerrancy?

Unit 4: Canon

  • Disagreement over What Books Should Be Recognized as Inspired
  • Complicating Factors
  • Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Canon
  • New Testament Canon
  • 1 Enoch—Special Case: Part 1
  • 1 Enoch—Special Case: Part 2


  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: BI173 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about the Bible?
  • 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: 4
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About Dr. Michael S. Heiser

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a former Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Awakening School of Theology and Ministry at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida. 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 have both directly contributed 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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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.



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