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Mobile Ed: BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation (audio)
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Mobile Ed: BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation (audio)


Lexham Press 2015

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


Many of us read the Bible a passage or verse at a time. In this course, Dr. Jeannine Brown shows the importance of understanding biblical books as a whole. With her clear and simple approach, Dr. Brown demonstrates three methods to help you grasp the specific messages intended by Old Testament and New Testament authors. Learn about the different literary genres in Scripture and see how authors used certain genres to communicate their message. Discover how to read a passage in its literary context, and understand the importance of the Bible’s historical setting.

Dr. Brown is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and provides the knowledge and practical tools to equip you in this task.

This is the audio only version of BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation. To purchase the full course, click here.



  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Terms and Goals of Interpretation

  • Exegesis and Contextualization
  • Hermeneutics
  • Using Logos Dictionaries to Define Key Terms
  • Views of the Bible
  • Finding Points of Application for Habakkuk
  • Listening for the Author
  • Biblical Authors and Their Voices
  • The Communication Model for Interpretation
  • Communicative Intention

Unit 2: Key Values for Exegesis

  • Three Ways of Hearing the Author
  • Taking Genre, Literary Context, and Historical Setting Together
  • Definition and Examples
  • Genre as Communication
  • Locating Specific Types of Proverbial Sayings
  • Contemporary Examples
  • Biblical Examples

Unit 3: A Closer Look at Genre

  • Narrative
  • Plot and Theme in Biblical Narrative
  • Authors in Biblical Narrative
  • The Purposes of Biblical Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Parallelism
  • Discovering Parallelism in the Psalms with the Psalms Explorer
  • Imagery
  • Finding Similes in the Book of Psalms
  • The Purposes of Biblical Poetry
  • Epistle or Letter
  • The Form of First-Century Letters
  • Studying New Testament Letter Introductions with Literary Type Searches
  • The Occasion of Letters
  • Researching the Purpose of Paul’s Letter to the Romans
  • The Rhetorical Flow of a Letter
  • Following the Rhetorical Flow of a Letter
  • Discovering the Purpose of Key Clauses in 1 Thessalonians 4:1–6
  • The Purposes of Letters
  • Other Genres: Law
  • Other Genres: Apocalyptic

Unit 4: A Closer Look at Literary Context

  • Historic Practices of the Church and the Academy
  • The Value of Reading Books as Wholes
  • How to Read Biblical Books as Wholes
  • Exploring Outlines of Ruth with the Bible Outline Browser
  • An Example from John
  • An Example from Matthew
  • An Example from 1 Peter

Unit 5: A Closer Look at Historical Setting

  • Context
  • The Original Audience
  • Old Testament: The Ancient Near East
  • New Testament: The Graeco-Roman World
  • New Testament: The Jewish Context
  • Discovering Ancient Sources that Discuss Temple
  • Study Tools for Historical Setting
  • Old Testament Example: Jonah and Assyria
  • New Testament Example: 1 Peter and the Graeco-Roman World

Unit 6: Putting It All Together

  • Genre, Literary Context, and Historical Setting
  • The Genre of Ruth 1:16–17
  • The Literary Context and Historical Setting of Ruth 1:16–17
  • The Genre of Philippians
  • The Literary Context of Philippians
  • The Historical Setting of Philippians
  • Study Tools

Unit 7: Presuppositions in Biblical Interpretation

  • Points of Reference
  • Assumptions
  • Getting a Sense of Our Own Presuppositions
  • Engaging the Text


  • Awareness of What We Bring

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About Jeannine K. Brown

Dr. Jeannine K. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary for nearly two decades in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. Her books include Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation, and the forthcoming volume on Matthew in the Teach the Text Commentary series. She’s also associate editor of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd ed..

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