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Mobile Ed: BI101 Introducing Biblical Interpretation: Contexts and Resources (5 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: BI101 Introducing Biblical Interpretation: Contexts and Resources (5 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2017

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.

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This is a new revised version of BI101. If you own the original BI101, this course has been added to your library and will be accessible when it ships.

Overview

The Bible is a vast, complex book, and while some of its contents can be understood by a child, much of it requires careful thought. How do we interpret the Bible correctly? Why do biblical scholars disagree on interpretation?

Dr. Mike Heiser introduces students to the science and art of Bible interpretation. The Bible is a book written for us but not to us, so accurate interpretation needs to be informed by the ancient worldview of the biblical writers, their historical circumstances, cultural and religious beliefs of their day, literary genre, and the original languages of the Bible. Learn the necessary tools for accurate and meaningful biblical interpretation.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand a variety of difficulties inherent to biblical interpretation
  • Grasp the crucial role of context for biblical interpretation
  • Comprehend the need for competence in various fields—worldview, history, religion, literature—for accuracy in biblical interpretation
  • Be aware of academic resources for recovering the contexts of the biblical writers
  • Understand the differences in types of biblical commentaries
  • Be acquainted with a range of biblical genres and literary devices
  • Appreciate the role of literary genre in discovering the meaning of a biblical text
  • Comprehend how word form and word relationships contribute to word meaning

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and Course
  • My Task

Unit 1: Obstacles to Interpretation

  • Meaning Is Not Self-Evident
  • Obstacle #1: Presuppositions
  • Obstacle #2: The Author
  • Obstacle #3: The Reader
  • Obstacle #4: The Medium
  • Obstacle #5: The Meaning
  • Obstacle #6: Translation
  • Obstacle #7: Precedent
  • Obstacle #8: Context
  • Obstacle #9: Relevance
  • Obstacle #10: Validation

Unit 2: Seeing the Bible in Context

  • Reading Isn’t Seeing
  • Three Biblical Contexts

Unit 3: Worldview Context

  • Introduction to Worldview Context
  • The Historical Context
  • The Cultural Context
  • The Religious Context
  • Tools for Worldview Context
  • Primary Sources
  • Reference Works
  • Academic Monographs
  • Scholarly Commentaries
  • •Devotional or Popular Commentaries
  • Expositional Commentaries
  • Scholarly Commentaries
  • Journal Articles
  • Digital Resources

Unit 4: Literary Context

  • Introduction to Literary Context
  • Genre
  • How Genre Influences Meaning
  • Genre and Structure
  • Old Testament Narrative
  • Old Testament Genealogies
  • Old Testament Law
  • Psalms
  • Types of Psalms
  • Interpreting Psalms
  • Old Testament Wisdom
  • Proverbs
  • Prophecy
  • Interpreting Old Testament Prophetic Books
  • New Testament Narrative
  • Gospel
  • Epistles
  • Hymn/Creed
  • Domestic Codes
  • Vice/Virtue Lists
  • Prophecy vs. Apocalyptic Literature
  • Issues of “Fulfillment”
  • Literalism and Single Intent
  • Amos 9 and Acts 15: Part 1
  • Amos 9 and Acts 15: Part 2
  • Sensus Plenior: Part 1
  • Sensus Plenior: Part 2
  • Analogical Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • Typological Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • Chiasm as a Literary Device
  • Gematria as a Literary Device
  • Hyperbole as a Literary Device
  • Imagery as a Literary Device
  • Metaphor as a Literary Device
  • Merism as a Literary Device
  • Poetic Parallelism

Unit 5: Linguistic Context

  • Introduction to Linguistic Context
  • Word Level
  • How to Work at the Word Level
  • Understanding and Analysis
  • Summary of Three Competencies

Application and Conclusion

  • Individual and Pastoral Application
  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

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.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

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.