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WEEK 1 - (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Chapters 1-3 Overview

  • Introduction to Hermeneutics

  • Past and Present Methods of Interpreting Scripture

  • The Historical-Cultural Background


  • 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 "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. 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." 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.