Introduction to the Bible II: What It Says and How to Read It

Dr. Vern Steiner
Dr. Vern Steiner
Introduction to the Bible II: What It Says and How to Read It

The second of two Introduction to the Bible courses, this study will build on the concepts developed in Part I and will press further into questions of biblical interpretation. It will move from theory to practice, from guiding principles to their application in the actual task of discerning the meaning and message of biblical texts. If the previous course provided the groundwork for reading, studying, praying, living, and proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures, this course aims to equip us with the tools for doing exactly that.

Adopting the analogy of a construction project, each of the five class sessions will address a topic related to the study and interpretation of the Bible.

  • Unit 1: Approaching the Interpretive Task, will focus on defining the task, clearing the work site, and identifying the workers.
  • Unit 2: Knowing the Building Code, will outline the principles of hermeneutics and the criteria of interpretive soundness.
  • Unit 3: Developing a Plan and Furnishing the Workbench, will sketch a construction model for the interpretive task, including an introduction to some of the key tools which assist in the craft of biblical study.
  • Unit 4: Executing the Project (two class sessions), will offer a guided apprenticeship through various parts of Scripture by implementing the plan in selected passages.

This is a learn-how-to-do-it course for those who wish to grow in their ability to study Scripture as faithful Christians.

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