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.
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Introducing the Course and the Speaker
Unit 1: Reading the Bible in Context
Identifying References to Satan in John
Example from the Gospel of John
Example from 1 Corinthians 13
Unit 2: Understanding the Background of the Bible
Background of Luke 2
Jesus’ Parables of Lost Things
Unit 3: Interpreting Different Genres in the Bible
Old Testament Genres
Discovering Poetic Form and Function in the Psalms
Genres and Devices in Jesus’ Teachings
Genre-Specific Searching with Literary Typing
Epistles: Example of Head Coverings
Epistles: Situational Differences
Creating a Custom Guide for Cultural Background
Prophecy and Apocalyptic: The Book of Revelation
Interpreting Revelation: Part 1
Interpreting Revelation: Part 2
Title: BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation (audio)
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.