BI101 Introducing Biblical Interpretation: Contexts and Resources

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Every Bible student knows that the Bible is a vast, complex book. While some of its contents can be understood by a child, much of the Bible requires careful thought. How do we interpret the Bible correctly? Why do biblical scholars disagree on interpretation? Dr. Mike Heiser introduces students to the science and art of Bible interpretation. The Bible is a book written for us, but not to us, and so accurate interpretation needs to be informed by the ancient worldview of the biblical writers, their historical circumstances, cultural and religious beliefs and attitudes of their day, literary genre, and the original languages of the Bible. Students are introduced to tools aimed at developing competence in all these areas.
Introduction to the Course

Introduction to the Course

2m
Introduction: Meaning Is Not Self-Evident

Introduction: Meaning Is Not Self-Evident

1m
Obstacle #1: Presuppositions

Obstacle #1: Presuppositions

3m
Obstacle #2: The Author

Obstacle #2: The Author

2m
Obstacle #3: The Reader

Obstacle #3: The Reader

3m
Obstacle #4: The Medium

Obstacle #4: The Medium

2m
Obstacle #5: The Meaning

Obstacle #5: The Meaning

2m
Obstacle #6: Translation

Obstacle #6: Translation

2m
Obstacle #7: Precedent

Obstacle #7: Precedent

3m
Obstacle #8: Context

Obstacle #8: Context

2m
Obstacle #9: Relevance

Obstacle #9: Relevance

1m
Obstacle #10: Validation

Obstacle #10: Validation

1m
Reading Isn’t Seeing

Reading Isn’t Seeing

4m
Three Biblical Contexts

Three Biblical Contexts

1m
Introduction to Worldview Context

Introduction to Worldview Context

2m
The Historical Context

The Historical Context

2m
The Cultural Context

The Cultural Context

1m
The Religious Context

The Religious Context

2m
Tools for Worldview Context

Tools for Worldview Context

2m
Primary Sources

Primary Sources

2m
Finding English Translations of Ancient Texts

Finding English Translations of Ancient Texts

4m
Reference Works

Reference Works

1m
Using Reference Works to Study Ancient Background Context

Using Reference Works to Study Ancient Background Context

4m
Academic Monographs

Academic Monographs

1m
Monographs for Studying Ancient Background Context

Monographs for Studying Ancient Background Context

3m
Bible Commentaries

Bible Commentaries

1m
Devotional or Popular Commentaries

Devotional or Popular Commentaries

1m
Expositional Commentaries

Expositional Commentaries

1m
Scholarly Commentaries

Scholarly Commentaries

3m
Illustrating Different Types of Commentaries

Illustrating Different Types of Commentaries

7m
Journal Articles

Journal Articles

4m
Finding Scholarly Journals in Logos

Finding Scholarly Journals in Logos

4m
Software

Software

1m
Logos 5 Tools for Background Research

Logos 5 Tools for Background Research

4m
Online Resources

Online Resources

4m
Using Online Resources for Biblical Interpretation

Using Online Resources for Biblical Interpretation

6m
Introduction to Literary Context

Introduction to Literary Context

1m
Genre

Genre

5m
Genre Examples

Genre Examples

7m
Old Testament Narrative

Old Testament Narrative

3m
Illustrating Characterization in Old Testament Narrative

Illustrating Characterization in Old Testament Narrative

6m
Old Testament Genealogy

Old Testament Genealogy

1m
Finding Meaning in Old Testament Genealogies

Finding Meaning in Old Testament Genealogies

3m
Old Testament Legal Texts

Old Testament Legal Texts

2m
How Literary Genre Informs the Meaning of a Passage

How Literary Genre Informs the Meaning of a Passage

5m
Psalm Types

Psalm Types

9m
Psalm Interpretation

Psalm Interpretation

2m
Old Testament Wisdom

Old Testament Wisdom

3m
Proverbs

Proverbs

3m
Old Testament Prophecy and Apocalyptic

Old Testament Prophecy and Apocalyptic

3m
Old Testament Prophecy vs. Apocalyptic

Old Testament Prophecy vs. Apocalyptic

3m
Interpreting Old Testament Prophecy

Interpreting Old Testament Prophecy

4m
The Funeral Dirge Subgenre of Prophecy

The Funeral Dirge Subgenre of Prophecy

1m
An Example of the Funeral Dirge Subgenre

An Example of the Funeral Dirge Subgenre

1m
The Disputation Subgenre of Prophecy

The Disputation Subgenre of Prophecy

1m
An Example of the Disputation Subgenre

An Example of the Disputation Subgenre

3m
The Lawsuit Subgenre of Prophecy

The Lawsuit Subgenre of Prophecy

1m
An Example of the Lawsuit Subgenre

An Example of the Lawsuit Subgenre

5m
The War Oracle Subgenre of Prophecy

The War Oracle Subgenre of Prophecy

3m
New Testament Narrative

New Testament Narrative

11m
New Testament Epistle

New Testament Epistle

5m
Illustrating the Structure of New Testament Letters

Illustrating the Structure of New Testament Letters

2m
New Testament Hymn

New Testament Hymn

2m
New Testament Domestic Code

New Testament Domestic Code

2m
New Testament Vice/Virtue List

New Testament Vice/Virtue List

3m
New Testament Prophecy and Apocalyptic

New Testament Prophecy and Apocalyptic

1m
New Testament Prophecy vs. Apocalyptic

New Testament Prophecy vs. Apocalyptic

2m
New Testament Apocalyptic

New Testament Apocalyptic

8m
Prophecy Fulfillment: Literalism and Single Intent

Prophecy Fulfillment: Literalism and Single Intent

3m
Literalism and Single Intent in Amos 9

Literalism and Single Intent in Amos 9

3m
The Adaptation of Amos 9 in Acts 15

The Adaptation of Amos 9 in Acts 15

3m
A Non-Literal Understanding of Amos 9

A Non-Literal Understanding of Amos 9

3m
Prophecy Fulfillment and Sensus Plenior

Prophecy Fulfillment and Sensus Plenior

6m
The Analogical Fulfillment of Prophecy

The Analogical Fulfillment of Prophecy

5m
The “Already but Not Yet” Fulfillment of Prophecy

The “Already but Not Yet” Fulfillment of Prophecy

5m
Literary Devices

Literary Devices

1m
The Acrostic as a Literary Device

The Acrostic as a Literary Device

1m
How Acrostics Work

How Acrostics Work

2m
Chiasm as a Literary Device

Chiasm as a Literary Device

1m
Examples of Chiastic Structure

Examples of Chiastic Structure

5m
Gematria as a Literary Device

Gematria as a Literary Device

2m
Hyperbole as a Literary Device

Hyperbole as a Literary Device

4m
Imagery as a Literary Device

Imagery as a Literary Device

3m
Metaphor as a Literary Device

Metaphor as a Literary Device

1m
The Importance of Context for Understanding Metaphors

The Importance of Context for Understanding Metaphors

4m
Merism as a Literary Device

Merism as a Literary Device

1m
Poetic Parallelism

Poetic Parallelism

3m
Simile as a Literary Device

Simile as a Literary Device

1m
Typology as a Literary Device

Typology as a Literary Device

6m
Introduction to Linguistic Context

Introduction to Linguistic Context

6m
Word Level

Word Level

6m
How to Work at the Word Level

How to Work at the Word Level

2m
Detecting the Form

Detecting the Form

1m
How to Detect the Original Language Form (Morphology) of Words

How to Detect the Original Language Form (Morphology) of Words

7m
Determining Word Relationships

Determining Word Relationships

1m
Detecting and Using Word Relationships in Interpretation

Detecting and Using Word Relationships in Interpretation

6m
Detecting Semantic Range

Detecting Semantic Range

1m
Tools for Thinking about the Semantic Range of a Word’s Meaning

Tools for Thinking about the Semantic Range of a Word’s Meaning

6m
Understanding and Analyzing at the Word Level

Understanding and Analyzing at the Word Level

2m
Using Scholarly Commentaries for Word-Level Bible Study

Using Scholarly Commentaries for Word-Level Bible Study

5m
Context is King

Context is King

1m
Manuscript Divergences

Manuscript Divergences

3m
Finding Original Manuscript Differences behind English Translations

Finding Original Manuscript Differences behind English Translations

3m
Understanding Manuscript Divergences: The Text of the Old Testament

Understanding Manuscript Divergences: The Text of the Old Testament

8m
Understanding Manuscript Divergences: The Text of the New Testament

Understanding Manuscript Divergences: The Text of the New Testament

8m
The Need for Application

The Need for Application

1m
Individual Application

Individual Application

6m
Pastoral Application

Pastoral Application

11m