Bibliology and Hermeneutics
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This course focuses on the authority, nature, and interpretation (hermeneutics) of the Scriptures. It is designed to help students work through issues that concern the trust they place in the Bible and its interpretation. We will compare the various Christian traditions’ views of authority, examining the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura. The Scripture will be studied as an ancient text focusing on its transmission and canonization. We will also ask tough questions concerning the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. We will then look at how the Church has interpreted the Scriptures throughout history, ending our time by looking at current trends in Evangelical hermeneutics.
? Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994.
? Olson, Roger. Mosaic of Christian Beliefs. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002.
? Bible (preferably New American Standard or New English Translation)
Assignment Description (guidelines for self study students)
1. Reading: There will be various reading assignments during the ten-week period. Each student will be expected to read and be prepared to discuss on the forum the material according to the schedule found in the syllabus.
2. Scripture memorization: Each student will memorize the passages provided on the Scripture memorization sheet. Once completed, the student will recite the memorized Scripture to a partner who will affirm the completion by signing the Scripture memorization sheet (included in The Student Notebook). The Scriptures should be memorized in one of the following translations:
3. Case Studies: There will be two case studies that must be completed. These will be handed out by the teacher. Online/DVD self-study students are to post their case studies online on the bible.org TTP forums.
4. Vocabulary Quizzes: There are two closed book theological vocabulary quizzes (in course downloads). Once the student looks at the quiz, he or she must take the quiz. In other words, you cannot look at the quiz and then study the terms.
Note: Online/DVD self-study students only: All online students are required to spend one hour a week on the bible.org TTP forums, discussing issues relevant to the course. Each course will have a separate section on the forum.
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