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Mobile Ed: BI260 Interpreting New Testament Genres (9 hour course - audio)

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Develop a new level of competency in interpreting the New Testament with Dr. William Klein’s guidance and insight on New Testament genres. Learn how to interpret the different genres found in the New Testament epistles. Distinguish which events in Acts are meant to be descriptive, describing what happened, and which are meant to be prescriptive, instructing on how to live. Discover how the book of Revelation combines three genres, and how this affects its interpretation.

This is the audio only version of BI260 Interpreting New Testament Genres. To purchase the full course click here.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introductory Matters

  • The Bible as Literature
  • Develop Reading Proficiency
  • Suggested Resources

Unit 2: The Gospels

  • Definition of Gospel Genre
  • Creating Collections and Using Factbook to Search Gospels
  • Gospel Genre Resources
  • Historical Trustworthiness
  • Using the Louw-Nida Numbers and Parallel Passages in the Gospels
  • A Reading Strategy
  • Using Interactive Media Datasets in Gospel Research
  • The Gospels’ Audience, Part 1
  • The Gospels’ Audience, Part 2
  • Kingdom of God
  • Ethics of Jesus
  • Interpretation Exercise 2.1: Parables and Allegory
  • Principles for Interpreting Parables
  • Interpretation Exercise 2.2: The Tower Parable; Tares Parable

Unit 3: The Book of Acts

  • The Genre of Acts
  • Dataset Tracking of Narrative Characters in Acts
  • Resources on Acts
  • Think Vertically
  • The Significance of Pentecost
  • Acts as Narrative
  • What Is Normative?
  • Interpretation Exercise 3.1: The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8)
  • Using Literary Types to Find Narrative Patterns in Acts

Unit 4: Epistles

  • Defining the Genre
  • Defining an Epistle
  • Using a Gospel Harmony and Interactive Media with Epistles
  • Epistle Resources
  • Interpretive Principles: Function
  • Interpretive Principles: Historical-Cultural Background and Grammar
  • Interpretive Principles: Grammar
  • Interpretive Principles: Word Studies
  • Subgenres, Part 1
  • Subgenres, Part 2
  • Subgenres Summary
  • Rhetorical Structure
  • Rhetorical Discourse
  • Hymns and Creeds
  • Using Factbook and BDAG with Colossians 1:15
  • Household Codes
  • Slogans, Part 1
  • Slogans, Part 2
  • Vice and Virtue Lists
  • Interpretation Methodology
  • Interpretation Exercise 4.1: Studying Ephesians 2:1–10
  • The Bible Sense Lexicon and Ancient Literature in Ephesians 2:2
  • Interpretation Exercise 4.2: Interpreting Ephesians 2:1–10
  • Interpretation Exercise 4.3: Applying Ephesians 2:1–10

Unit 5: The Book of Revelation

  • Introduction to Revelation
  • Revelation as an Epistle
  • Background of the Book
  • Resources on Revelation
  • Revelation as Prophecy
  • The Preterist View of Prophecy
  • The Historicist View of Prophecy
  • The Idealist View of Prophecy
  • The Futurist View of Prophecy
  • An Eclectic View of Prophecy
  • The Structure of Revelation: Two Options
  • Sympathetic Highlighting with Milestone Searching in Revelation
  • The Structure of Revelation: A Third Option
  • Revelation as Apocalyptic
  • Primary Characteristics of Apocalyptic
  • Symbolism in Revelation
  • The Emperor Cult
  • The Distinctive Nature of Revelation
  • Interpretation: Steps 1–3
  • Interpretation: Step 4
  • Interpretation: Step 5
  • Interpretation Exercise 5.1: The Temple (Rev 11:1–6)
  • Dataset and Commentary Searching of “Temple” in Revelation
  • Interpretation Exercise 5.2: The Two Witnesses (Rev 11:1–6)


  • Remembering the Goal

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William W. Klein

Dr. William W. Klein is professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary and serves as chair of the Division of Biblical Studies.

Dr. Klein has written articles for several biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias and has published chapters or essays in several books and Festschrifts. His articles and reviews can be found in major journals as well as popular magazines.

He edited and was the major contributor to Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, wrote the commentary on Ephesians in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition, and has consulted on several recent Bible versions, serving as chief exegetical consultant for the New Testament portion of The Message.


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