COURSE DESCRIPTION: Basic Hermeneutics covers the essential elements of a historical-grammatical approach to interpreting Scripture.  It introduces the student to some of the necessary ingredients for faithfully investigating the meaning of the biblical text without improperly importing meaning from outside the text or arriving at a meaning that does not fit the context of the passage.


Session 1 – Basics of Biblical Interpretation

  • Why We Study the Bible

  • The Role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Interpretation

  • The Role of Knowledge in Biblical Interpretation

Session 2 – Avoiding Interpretation Pitfalls

  • Discerning and Properly Using the Various Methods of Interpretation

  • Pursuing the Goal of Becoming an Ideal Reader

Session 3 – The Art of Understanding

  • Observation

  • Interpretation

  • Application


Basic Hermeneutics - Year B