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Mobile Ed: BI210 Introducing Hebraic Thought: A Biblical Philosophy of Truth (7 hour course)

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Gain a better understanding of the thought-world of the Bible with Introducing Hebraic Thought: A Biblical Philosophy of Truth (BI210). Hebraic thought, according to Dr. Dru Johnson, is the thinking, concepts, and practices that emerge consistently across the biblical literature from the Hebrew Bible into the New Testament. In this course Dru Johnson looks at the philosophical tradition embedded in Scripture. He explores how the biblical writers communicated and describes the marks of Hebraic thought. You’ll come away from the course with an increased biblical literacy and fluency and a better appreciation of the intellectual tradition of the Bible.

Upon successful completion you should be able to:
  • Identify the elements that comprise the Hebrew thought tradition
  • Explain characteristics of “better” and “worse” interpretations of Scripture
  • Provide a rationale for why God has chosen to reason with His people
  • Explain the difference between simply different styles of thinking and relativism
  • Explain what makes Hebrew law unique among other legal codes in the ancient Near East
  • Name and describe six markers of Hebraic thought
  • Explain how rituals are the basis for learning in our world
  • Define biblical literacy and fluency and be able to explain the difference between them
  • Explain how, perhaps surprisingly, Scripture’s concern with proper procedure closely mirrors that of the scientific method
  • Define what an “authenticated voice” is and the role it plays in providing confident knowing
  • Explain what words or phrases are better suited to use in the context of Hebraic thinking than our concept of “true” and “false”
  • Defend the idea that the New Testament is Hebraic thought extended into new times and circumstances


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: The Problem: What Is Hebraic Thought and Why Does It Matter?

  • Introduction to the Problem
  • Hebraic Thought Is a Living Tradition
  • Blinders to Our Understanding
  • Quarrelers among Us

Unit 2: The Solution: Understanding the Conceptual World of the Biblical Authors

  • Introduction to the Solution
  • Misconceptions about the Bible
  • Criteria for Mapping Hebraic Thought
  • God of Reason and Reasonable Humans

Unit 3: How Do the Biblical Authors Communicate Hebraic Thought?

  • Communicating Hebraic Thought
  • The Style of Hebraic Thought
  • Hebraic Style Is Pixelated
  • Hebraic Style Is Networked

Unit 4: Biblical Literature as Philosophical Reasoning

  • Philosophical Reasoning
  • Narrative Reasoning
  • Poetic Reasoning
  • Legal Reasoning

Unit 5: Marks of Hebraic Thought: Mystery Is Foundational

  • Distinctive Marks of Hebraic Thought
  • The Mysterianist Conviction
  • Connected to Creation
  • Expected of All Israel

Unit 6: Marks of Hebraic Thought: Knowledge through Ritual

  • Final Distinctive Mark of Hebraic Thought
  • Ritual Is Still Our Best Way to Understand
  • Ritual Knowing in Scripture

Unit 7: Scripture Literacy and Fluency

  • Observations Derived from Understanding the Hebraic Philosophical Style
  • Literacy
  • Attempts at Literacy and Fluency Gone Wrong
  • Turn Down the Volume of Present Voices and Turn Up the Volume of Biblical Voices

Unit 8: Guidance, Calling, and the Word of the Lord

  • Tracing Hebraic Thinking: Guidance, Calling, and the Word of the Lord
  • Confidence in Knowing Is Key to Understanding Calling
  • Confident Knowing in the Ancient Near East
  • Confident Knowing in the New Testament

Unit 9: Justice and Retribution

  • Hebraic Thinking on Justice and Retribution
  • Legal Reasoning and Hebraic Law in the Context of the Ancient Near East
  • The Laws of Torah Functioning as Wisdom
  • Injustice as Abusing Eyes and Teeth, Part 1
  • Injustice as Abusing Eyes and Teeth, Part 2

Unit 10: Truth, Fake News, and Conspiracy Theories

  • Comparing the Categories
  • The Biblical Use of “Truth” and the Justification of “Truth”
  • Encountering Fake News
  • Conspiracy Theories and Our Emotional Need for Certainty

Unit 11: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Science

  • What Does It Mean to Know Something?
  • Who Knows What, and How? Part 1
  • Who Knows What, and How? Part 2
  • Rituals Are for Discernment
  • Hebraic Ritual and Scientific Ritual

Unit 12: A Difference That Endured

  • Hebraic Thought Continues into Our World
  • Hebraic Thought Was Unique in the Ancient World
  • Fingerprints of Hebraic Thought

Unit 13: Lingering Questions

  • The Philosophical Tradition of Hebraic Thought
  • Did Jesus Engage Graeco-Roman Thought?
  • Was Paul the First Christian Philosopher?
  • Is Hebraic Thought Just Another Term for Biblical Theology?

Conclusion to the Course

  • What I Hope You Learned
  • Title: Introducing Hebraic Thought: A Biblical Philosophy of Truth
  • Instructor: Dru Johnson
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 7
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Dru Johnson is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at The King's College in New York City. He also directs the Center for Hebraic Thought, and hosts The Biblical Mind podcast and co-hosts the OnScript podcast.


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  1. Angela Meister

    Angela Meister


    Lots of food for thought here (excuse the expression, lol). Very interesting course and a little challenging at times and would be more so if I weren't already thinking about the Hebraic nature of scripture. I thought some of the comparisons to science a little stretched. I would have loved to have seen more concrete examples of the concepts from scripture. Though there were a handful, I wasn't sure that they were super compelling to the arguments made. I do very much like the emphasis on the big picture and his concept of pixilation and threads. This is similar to an idea of "motif" that I have heard from others. I would come back to this again. Good course overall. The instructor is passionate and easy to follow, even on a higher speed and graphic representations of scripture are included visually as well as read aloud- which makes a difference when you don't have your bible at hand or open. Thank you!
  2. Matt DeVore

    Matt DeVore



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