Hermeneutics

 

Hermeneutics 1:  The Tools You Will Need

     Topics covered are knowing that hermeneutics is both a science and an art; hermeneutics in brief; beginning facts; the proper mental approach; common sense; and the difference between exegesis and eisegesis.

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Hermeneutics 2:  Methods, Rules and Principles of Interpretation

     Topics covered include some harmful methods of interpretation; the deductive method of reasoning; rules of interpretation; and the principles of interpretation.

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Hermeneutics 3:  Types of Language Used

     Topics discussed are the three periods of Biblical revelation; the different genres (literary forms) to be studied; the importance of the setting; and different types of language used.

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Hermeneutics 4:  Semantics

     Topics covered are; the nature of Scripture; the value of semantics; the Triangle of Meaning; and the four attributes of human utterance.

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Hermeneutics 5:  Interpreting the Law of Moses and the OT Narratives

     Topics discussed in this lesson are; how the Bible is written according to genre; how to interpret the Law of Moses; Christians and the Old Law; the Covenant and its Ordinances; how to interpret the OT narratives; what the narratives are and what they are not.

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Hermeneutics 6:  Interpreting the OT Psalms and Wisdom Literature

     Topics discussed are; the psalms as poetry and literature; the seven types of psalms; benefits of the psalms; how to interpret the wisdom literature of the OT; with emphasis on Ecclesiastes, Job and the Proverbs.

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Hermeneutics 7:  Interpreting Prophecy and the OT Prophets

     Topics covered are; the function of the prophets; the importance of the historical context; and forms of prophetic utterance.

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Hermeneutics 8:  Interpreting the NT Gospels and the Parables of Jesus

     Topics covered in this lesson include; one story and four accounts; the teachings of Jesus; how to interpret the parables; function and audience considerations; and the emphasis on the kingdom of God.

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Hermeneutics 9:  Interpreting Acts and the NT Epistles

     Topics in this lesson are; how to interpret the book of Acts and its history; four examples of Biblical instruction; how to interpret the NT epistles noting the hermeneutic rules and literary context.

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Hermeneutics 10:  Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature (Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and Revelation)

     Topics include; a brief review of previous lessons studied; Revelation as apocalypse; Revelation as prophecy; Revelation as epistle; the historical context; and the exegesis of Revelation.

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Hermeneutics 11:  Handling the Silence of the Scriptures

     Topics covered in this lesson are; the two great mottoes of the restoration plea; the value of logic and reasoning; God's silence is intentional; exercises in the difference between silence and implication; specific and generic commands; and silence is not necessary license.

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