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Mobile Ed: BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation (2 hour course - audio)

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Join Dr. Craig Keener, a foremost expert in biblical backgrounds, as he provides principles for interpretation along with excellent examples. See the parable of the Prodigal Son through the eyes of a Pharisee, learn the dangers involved in using allegory rather than analogy, and appreciate the contrast between Emperor Augustus and Jesus in the story of the first Christmas. Dr. Keener draws from his meticulous research of the ancient world to show you how to interpret the Bible by understanding its cultural contexts, genres, and more.

This is the audio only version of BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation. To purchase the full course, click here.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Course and the Speaker

Unit 1: Reading the Bible in Context

  • Immediate Context
  • Identifying References to Satan in John
  • Whole-Book Context
  • Example from the Gospel of John
  • Example from 1 Corinthians 13

Unit 2: Understanding the Background of the Bible

  • Ancient Contexts
  • Background of Luke 2
  • Jesus’ Parables of Lost Things

Unit 3: Interpreting Different Genres in the Bible

  • Defining Genre
  • Old Testament Genres
  • Discovering Poetic Form and Function in the Psalms
  • Genres and Devices in Jesus’ Teachings
  • The Gospels
  • Genre-Specific Searching with Literary Typing
  • Epistles
  • Epistles: Example of Head Coverings
  • Epistles: Situational Differences
  • Creating a Custom Guide for Cultural Background
  • Prophecy
  • Prophecy and Apocalyptic: The Book of Revelation
  • Interpreting Revelation: Part 1
  • Interpreting Revelation: Part 2


  • Course Summary

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Craig Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.




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