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

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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.


Master more challenging biblical topics. This course is included in Mobile Ed: Tough Topics 2018 Bundle (4 courses)

See more teaching from Dr. Heiser in Mobile Ed: NT281 How We Got the New Testament Mobile Ed: NT281 How We Got the New Testament (4 hour course)

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand grammatical elements of multiple books of the Bible and how they drive interpretation
  • Assist friends and church members in de-tangling confusing passages of Scripture
  • More clearly teach the Bible in its entirety

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

Product Details

  • Title: BI161 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages I
  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 3
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About Michael Heiser

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a former Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Awakening School of Theology and Ministry at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson have both directly contributed to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

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.

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This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.



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