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Mobile Ed: BI161 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages I (3 hour course - audio)


Believe it or not, not everything in the Bible can be understood by children; many passages are not even easy to understand for adults. Delve into a number of difficult passages with Dr. Heiser as he introduces key interpretive issues and the problems that are lurking in the background of these verses. He guides you through what needs the most attention and introduces you to several options for interpretation for each passage. Dr. Heiser focuses on the importance of being able to wrap our minds around and navigate through the difficult passages of Scripture, because although they may be challenging, they are still significant for theology. How you understand these verses will have an important ripple effect on the interpretation of other passages you will encounter in the course of your own personal Bible study.

This is the audio only version of BI161 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages I. To purchase the full course click here.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Creation Account

  • Issues in Genesis 1:1–3
  • Introducing Types of Clauses
  • Combining Clause Types
  • Clause Function
  • The Traditional View
  • Considering the Ramifications

Unit 2: Saul’s Reign

  • Issues in 1 Samuel 13:1
  • Examining the Two Problems
  • Understanding the Two Problems
  • Resolving the Problems

Unit 3: The Bridegroom of Blood

  • Issues in Exodus 4:21–26
  • The Context of Exodus 4
  • Explaining God’s Anger
  • The Circumcision of Moses
  • The Bridegroom of Blood

Unit 4: The Sin of Ham and the Curse of Canaan

  • Issues in Genesis 9:20–27
  • Common Interpretive Options for Ham’s Sin, Part 1
  • Common Interpretive Options for Ham’s Sin, Part 2
  • Common Interpretive Options for Ham’s Sin, Part 3
  • A Viable Interpretation

Unit 5: The Gods of the Nations

  • Issues in Deuteronomy 32:8–9
  • The Worldview of Deuteronomy
  • Considering Spiritual Entities

Unit 6: The Word Was God

  • Issues in John 1:1–2
  • The Definite Article
  • The Incoherency of the Definite Article Argument

Unit 7: All Things in Common

  • Issues in Acts 2:42–46
  • Defining Political Theories
  • The Context of the Early Church
  • The Canonical Context

Unit 8: Baptism as Spiritual Warfare

  • Issues in 1 Peter 3:14–22
  • The Context of 1 Peter
  • Typology
  • The Baptism Element

Unit 9: Baptism for the Dead

  • Issues in 1 Corinthians 15:29
  • Considering Interpretive Options
  • Baptism in Honor of the Dead

Unit 10: The Death of the Old Nature

  • The Context of Romans 6:6
  • Issues in Romans 6:6
  • Internal and External Redemption
  • Battling Sin


  • Summary

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About Michael Heiser

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a scholar-in-residence at Faithlife. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship as well as in the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and in writing for the layperson directly contribute to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for non-specialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds an 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, contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple Jewish literature. He was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.