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Mobile Ed: Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle, L (7 courses)
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The Bible is a complex mix of literary genres that spans several centuries. Understanding how to properly read and interpret it is challenging. In these courses some of the brightest minds in biblical interpretation will teach you their methods. You’ll learn how to understand scripture in its original historical and literary contexts and grasp the messages the Old Testament and New Testament authors intended.

BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation

  • Instructor: Craig S. Keener
  • Video hours: 2

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.


  • Reading the Bible in Context
  • Understanding the Background of the Bible
  • Interpreting Different Genres in the Bible

Dr. Craig S. Keener 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, 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.

BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation

  • Instructor: Jeannine K. Brown
  • Video hours: 5

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.


  • Important Terms: Exegesis, Contextualization, and Hermeneutics
  • The Goals of Biblical Interpretation
  • Key Values for Exegesis
  • A Closer Look at Genre
  • Three Primary Genres in the Bible
  • A Closer Look at Literary Context
  • A Closer Look at Historical Setting
  • Bringing All Three Together
  • Presuppositions in Biblical Interpretation

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..

OT201 Old Testament Genres

  • Instructor: John H. Walton
  • Video hours: 4

In this course, Dr. John Walton guides students through the types of literature in the Old Testament. Beginning with narrative and continuing through prophecy, apocalyptic literature, wisdom literature, and the Psalms, this course explains how to best read and understand the Old Testament. Students should walk away with a strong interpretive framework through which they can grapple with the Old Testament. The course guides students into asking broader questions about the overall purpose of the Old Testament and God’s revelations throughout it.


  • Introducing the Professor and the Course
Unit 1: Foundations
  • Introduction
  • Identifying Old Testament Genres
  • About the Old Testament
  • Introduction to Authority, Inspiration, and Revelation
  • Authority
  • Inspiration
  • Revelation
  • Literary Analysis
  • Identifying Emphasis in Old Testament Narratives
  • What Sort of Reader?
  • Ethical Reading
Unit 2: Genres: Law
  • Law: Part 1
  • Law: Part 2
  • Finding English Translations of Ancient Legal Texts
  • Law: Part 3
Unit 3: Genres: Narrative
  • The Significance of Story
  • Misreading Biblical Narrative, Part 1
  • Using Visual Filters to Identify God as the Subject
  • Misreading Biblical Narrative, Part 2
  • Finding Practical Ways to Preach Old Testament Narratives
  • Writing History
  • Ancient History Writing
Unit 4: Genres: Prophecy and Apocalyptic
  • Prophets
  • Using the Bible Facts Report to Research the Role of a Prophet
  • Prophecy for the Present
  • Kinds of Prophetic Illocution
  • Search Parameters for the Prophetic Literature
  • The Message of the Prophets
  • Focusing on the Message
  • Prophecy and the New Testament
  • Locating Prophecies about Jesus
  • Apocalyptic Literature
Unit 5: Genres: Wisdom and Psalms
  • Introduction to Wisdom
  • The Book of Job
  • Discovering Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to the Book of Job
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Songs
  • Speaker Identifications in English Translations
  • Psalms
Unit 6: Theology and Faith
  • God’s Presence
  • Faith

Dr. John H. Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. Before teaching at Wheaton, Dr. Walton taught at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years.

His primary focus is in areas of comparison between the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, particularly Genesis. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, and A Survey of the Old Testament.

BI260 Interpreting New Testament Genres

  • Instructor: William W. Klein
  • Video hours: 9

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.

Dr. Klein concludes each unit with practice exercises. He challenges you to interpret a passage using the methods he describes, and then shows you step-by-step how he would interpret it.


  • The Gospels
  • The Book of Acts
  • Epistles
  • The Book of Revelation

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

NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament

  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Video hours: 6

Join Dr. David deSilva as he describes important cultural concepts from the first century and shows how these concepts shed light on the New Testament. Learn why the author of 1 Peter spoke to the shame Christians were experiencing, and what cultural norms they had to fight against as they sought to follow Christ. Discover how grace and gratitude were viewed differently than they are today. Learn what purity meant for Jews, how patronage and reciprocity impacted everyday decisions, how families and households operated, and more. Dr. deSilva pulls from a variety of sources to explain these concepts and uses the books of Hebrews and 1 Peter to illustrate them.

This course will give you a better understanding of the environment early Christians were in as they broke the rules of society for the sake of the gospel.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Honor and Shame
  • Introduction to Culture
  • Honor, Shame, and Social Control
  • Honor and Shame in Complex Cultures
  • Competing for Honor
Unit 2: Honor and Shame: 1 Peter
  • The Experience of Shame
  • Consider the Source
  • Who’s on Trial Here?
  • Reinterpreting Experiences of Shame (Part 1)
  • Reinterpreting Experiences of Shame (Part 2)
  • Defending Your Honor
  • Using a Historical Background Collection
  • Honored in God’s Sight
  • The Social Matrix of Perseverance
  • Embodying 1 Peter
Unit 3: Patronage and Reciprocity
  • Patrons, Clients, and Brokers
  • The Social Context of Grace
  • Running a Louw-Nida Search on Charis
  • Graceful Giving
  • Graceful Receiving and Expression of Gratitude
  • An Example from the Life of Jesus
Unit 4: Patronage and Reciprocity: Hebrews
  • God as Patron
  • Jesus as Patron and Mediator
  • The Letter to the Hebrews and Its Audience
  • Summons to Grateful Response
  • Warnings against Ingratitude (Part 1)
  • Warnings against Ingratitude (Part 2)
  • Cultural Awareness and Solving Theological Problems
Unit 5: Family and Household
  • Establishing Kinship
  • Kinship Ethics
  • The Household of the Classical World
  • Women in the Household
  • Studying Sirach on the Silent Wife
  • Children
  • Analyzing Parentage and Honor (John 8:31–41)
  • Slaves
  • Reconfiguring Kinship
  • Searching for the Cultural Concept of Kinship
Unit 6: Family and Household: 1 Peter
  • New Birth into a New Family
  • Ethical Implications of the New Birth
  • Advice for Christians in Natural Households: Wives
  • Advice for Christians in Natural Households: Husbands
  • Advice for Christians in Natural Households: Slaves
Unit 7: Purity and Pollution
  • Basic Concepts
  • Clean, Unclean, Common, and Holy
  • Early Judaism’s Purity Maps (Part 1)
  • Investigating Herod's Temple
  • Early Judaism’s Purity Maps (Part 2)
  • What Makes Purity Codes Meaningful?
  • Levels of Concern for Purity
Unit 8: Purity and Pollution: Hebrews
  • Purity Regulations in a Pauline Church
  • Purity and New Group Boundaries
  • Rewriting Maps of Sacred Space and Personnel
  • Jesus’ Death as Consecration
  • Reexamining Purity Lines Today
  • Building a Sermon on Defilement (Mark 7:20–23)
  • Authentic Hearing, Authentic Following

Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.

BI190 The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament: Methodology and Practice

  • Instructor: Jeannine K. Brown
  • Video hours: 5

In this course, Dr. Jeannine Brown shows how we can better understand what the New Testament writers were communicating, by looking at how they referenced the Old Testament. Dr. Brown begins by explaining why New Testament writers referenced the Old Testament, and the four ways in which they did so. She then walks through references in Matthew, John, Philippians, and 1 Peter.

See how Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam in John’s Gospel. Discover connections between Jesus’ teaching and the stories of Cain and Abel, Noah, Sodom, and others. Learn new methods for interpreting Scripture, and come away with a fuller picture of how Jesus fulfills the hopes of the Old Testament and completes the story God began with Israel.


  • The Old in the New
  • First-Century Interpretive Traditions
  • Kinds of Old Testament References in the New Testament
  • Christological Lenses in the New Testament
  • The Old Testament in Philippians
  • The Old Testament in Matthew
  • The Old Testament in John
  • The Old Testament in 1 Peter

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..

BI271 Interpreting New Testament Narrative: Studies and Methods

  • Instructor: Jeannine K. Brown
  • Video hours: 5

Using the methods described in Introducing Literary Interpretation (BI131), Dr. Jeannine Brown shows how to interpret the Gospel narratives—not with a piecemeal approach, but by understanding each Gospel narrative as a whole. Gain insight on the literary context, genre, and historical setting of the Gospels. Understand how the Graeco-Roman and Jewish cultures combined to create the unique setting that God chose to reveal Himself in. Explore the setting, characters, and plot in the Gospels, as well as literary devices like the arrangement of pericopes and different points of view in the story.

After describing interpretive methods, Dr. Brown applies them to specific passages, providing step-by-step guidance and giving you confidence to interpret the Gospel narratives yourself.


  • What Are the Gospels?
  • Reading the Gospels as Wholes
  • Other Methods for Reading the Gospels
  • Reading the Gospels in Their First Settings
  • Examples of Working with a Jewish Setting
  • Reading Matthew as a Whole
  • The Scramble for Status
  • John’s Prologue
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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