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WEEK 5 - (Feb - Feb 23)

Chapters 13-15 Overview

  • The Covenants and the Kingdom

  • Timeless, Cross-Cultural, Biblical Principles

  • The Role of the Holy Spirit in Interpreting, Using, and Applying Scripture

Assignments

  • Read each chapter. Watch the corresponding teaching videos on the Global University Website, which you can access via the link below.

  • Answer all interactive questions and place the answers in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Watch the Supplemental Videos below and complete the following:

    • 1 page (minimum) reflection on the material. Reflection should contain a summary of material as well as what you as the student learned from the videos. You should also reflect on how the content of the video can help you in your life and ministry.

    • Assignment needs to be turned in by Friday of each week.

Supplemental Videos

The Bible's main way of talking about God's relationship to humanity is the image of a partnership. This video traces the way God entered into a series of formal relationships with various human partners in order to rescue the world through Jesus, the ultimate covenant partner.
http://seedbed.com What is covenant according to the Bible? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. John Walton explains that a covenant is more than a political agreement, administrative concept, or a promise. In the Old Testament, the covenant is God's initiative to reveal himself so that by knowing God, they might be in relationship with him.

WEEK 4 - (Feb 17 - Feb 23)

Chapters 10-12 Overview

  • Genres: Wisdom Literature

  • Genres: Prophecy and Apocalyptic Literature

  • Genres: Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles

Assignments

  • Read each chapter. Watch the corresponding teaching videos on the Global University Website, which you can access via the link below.

  • Answer all interactive questions and place the answers in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Watch the Supplemental Videos below and complete the following:

    • 1 page (minimum) reflection on the material. Reflection should contain a summary of material as well as what you as the student learned from the videos. You should also reflect on how the content of the video can help you in your life and ministry.

    • Assignment needs to be turned in by Friday of each week.

Supplemental Videos

In this Seedbed interview, Dr. Ben Witherington speaks with Dr. Richard Bauckham about the book of Revelation. See more at http://seedbed.com Check out Dr. Bauckham's book on Revelation here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0521356911/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0521356911&linkCode=as2&tag=seedbed-20
http://seedbed.com How does prophecy work? Does it tell us in detail the timing of key future events? In this Seven Minute Seminary episode, Dr. Ben Witherington explains. Biblical prophecy is about the telling of truth as God sees it, whether about the past, present, or future.
The books of the Old Testament prophets are packed with dense poetry and wild imagery. If you've tried to read them, odds are you were both intrigued and confused. In this video, we'll learn how these books contribute to the storyline of the Bible and why it's worth learning how to read them more attentively.
Does God care about all of the evil humans perpetrate in our world, and if so, what is He doing about it? In this video, we trace the different ways that God confronts human evil and the even deeper spiritual evil that underlies it.

WEEK 3 - (Feb 10 - Feb 16)

Chapters 7-9 Overview

  • Genres: Historical Narrative, Stories of History

  • Genres: Old Testament Law

  • Genres: Poetry

Assignments

  • Read each chapter. Watch the corresponding teaching videos on the Global University Website, which you can access via the link below.

  • Answer all interactive questions and place the answers in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Watch the Supplemental Videos below and complete the following:

    • 1 page (minimum) reflection on the material. Reflection should contain a summary of material as well as what you as the student learned from the videos. You should also reflect on how the content of the video can help you in your life and ministry.

    • Assignment needs to be turned in by Friday, February 8.

Supplemental Videos

Most of us think of characters in the Bible as either sinners or saints, good or bad. At least that's how Bible stories are presented to children. In this video, we'll explore the ways biblical authors present characters as more complex and morally compromised than we usually imagine.
Every story has to take place somewhere, and very often locations have a special meaning or significance evoked by events that already took place there. In this video, we explore how biblical authors use settings in narrative to meet the reader's expectations or mess with them.
Design patterns are one of the key ways the biblical authors have unified the storyline of the Bible. Individual stories across the Old and New Testaments have been coordinated through repeated words and parallel themes. These patterns highlight core themes of the biblical story and show how it all leads to Jesus!
Did you know that a third of the Bible is ancient Israelite poetry? Poetry is a rich and artistic form of human communication, but often the most difficult to read. In this video we'll explore the unique characteristics of biblical poetry, so you can discover its beauty and power for yourself.
Understanding how metaphors are used in the Bible is an essential tool for reading biblical poetry. Anytime someone describes one thing to describe another thing, they are using metaphorical thinking whether they realize it or not. Metaphors are everywhere in the Bible and in our everyday speech.
The book of Psalms is the largest collection of poetry in the Bible. In this video we'll explore the design shape and main themes of this marvelous book, which was crafted to be read from beginning to end.

WEEK 2 - (Feb 3 - Feb 9)

Chapters 4-6 Overview

  • Circles of Literary Context

  • Word Meanings and Relationships

  • Principles about Language

Assignments

  • Read each chapter. Watch the corresponding teaching videos on the Global University Website, which you can access via the link below.

  • Answer all interactive questions and place the answers in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Watch the Supplemental Videos below and complete the following:

    • 1 page (minimum) reflection on the material. Reflection should contain a summary of material as well as what you as the student learned from the videos. You should also reflect on how the content of the video can help you in your life and ministry.

    • Assignment needs to be turned in by Friday, February 8.

Supplemental Videos

DOWNLOAD THE PDF GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE http://store.seedbed.com/products/the-bible-as-literature Dr. David Grubbs, Houston Baptist University, Christian Humanist Podcast The Bible is a gift from God that announces the good news of Jesus Christ to all of creation. It is also a remarkable book that collects diverse pieces of literature spanning thousands of years and numerous genres.
Episode 2 summarizes the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.
Episode 3 shows how reading the Bible wisely requires that we learn about the ancient literary styles used by the biblical authors.
Episode 4 explores the unique literary style of the Bible that is meant to draw its readers into a lifelong journey of reading and meditation. The Bible is designed as a multi-layered work, offering new levels of insight as you re-read it and allow each part to help you understand every other part.

WEEK 1 - (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Chapters 1-3 Overview

  • Introduction to Hermeneutics

  • Past and Present Methods of Interpreting Scripture

  • The Historical-Cultural Background

Assignments

  • Read each chapter. Watch the corresponding teaching videos on the Global University Website.

  • Answer all interactive questions and place the answers in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Watch the Supplemental Videos below and complete the following:

    • 1 page (minimum) reflection on the material. Reflection should contain a summary of material as well as what you as the student learned from the videos. You should also reflect on how the content of the video can help you in your life and ministry.

    • Assignment needs to be turned in by Friday, February 1.

Supplemental Videos

http://seedbed.com "A text without a context is just a pretext for whatever you want it to mean." Why does Bible background matter? Dr. Ben Witherington explains why knowing the original context of a biblical passage is important for understanding its meaning.
http://seedbed.com Psalm 50:10 - "for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills." Psalm 118:24 - "The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad." Song of Solomon 2:1 - "I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys."
http://seedbed.com It is said that you can make the Bible say almost anything you want it to say. That's why paying attention to context is so important-it helps safeguard against proof-texting, which is the practice of bringing your ideas to the biblical text and forcing the text to prove your own presuppositions.
This is episode 1 of an ongoing series that explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you'll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

START HERE

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Welcome to Hermeneutics! This will be a foundational class in your future life and ministry as you learn how to read and interpret the word of God which will directly impact application. For more information about the course, visit https://www.globaluniversity.edu/online/ and enter your student login information to access resources on the Global University website. If you do not have your Student Login information, talk to your Academic Dean. You can also find information in the introductory pages of your textbook.

Throughout the course, there will be supplemental videos covering various aspects of our studies. These videos contain teachings from some of the world’s leading Biblical scholars, most of whom still teach in universities around the world, that have written extensively in books and commentaries. These videos are included for your learning but also so you can begin to build a repertoire of names of authors and theologians that you should be familiar with as you continue your study of the Bible beyond BTCSM.

Below, you’ll find the important dates, times, and information about the class. As always, give it your best and you’ll get the best. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Send us an email at the designated address below or talk to your Academic Dean.

Dates and Times - (*Dates/Times subject to change)

  • 5 week course

  • Jan 27 - March 3

  • The final will need to be completed by Sunday, March 3.

    • Schedule a day to take the exam with your Academic Dean by Wednesday, May 27.

  • Hermeneutics

    • Learn methods and tools of interpreting Scripture

    • Learn about various aspects of language and communication that inform the text

    • Learn about the various forms of context that impact interpretation

    • Learn about the history if Biblical interpretation

    • Learn how to interpret different books of the Bible

The online videos will be greatly beneficial and important for your learning. However, you MUST READ the textbook and be diligent in studying the material if you want to pass the class! Ephesians 5 tells us to, "Make the most of every opportunity," so don't miss out on this season you've been blessed with.

If there are any questions regarding the material or content of what you're learning, feel free to ask in the comment box of the week you are studying, or send an email to Pastor Will btcsm@brooklynteenchallenge.org.