Purpose: The purpose of this course is to teach students how to study the Bible for themselves using a method that will help them to grow deeper in their understanding and application of the Word of God.
Students will be taught a form of the inductive method combined with historical and literary analysis. The teacher guides the group step by step through the process while sharing tools that can be used when the students study on their own.
Course Goals: Students will be familiar with the basic framework of inductive Bible study and the principles of validity in interpretation. Upon completion students should be able to apply these in the interpretation of biblical texts.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Introduction Continued
Week 3: What kind of literature is it?
Week 4: What is the purpose? (audio)
Week 5: Who is the author?
Week 6: Author Continued
Week 7: Original Recipients
Week 8: Structure
Week 9: Structure Continued (Phrasing / Block Outlines)
Week 10: Structure continued
Week 11: Structure continued again (last class on block outlines)
Week 12: Chiastic Structure
Week 13: Transitions and Imperatives
Week 14: Pronouns
Week 15: Verbs
Week 16: Checklist Continued
Week 17: More Checklist
Week 18: Texts & Redemptive History
Week 19: Review
Week 1: Look at your fish
Week 1: Nacarema (optional)
Week 2: Inductive Study Checklist
Week 3: Literary structure (Narratives and Letters)
Week 6: Who is James?
Week 6: Summary Through Week 6
Week 7: Cultural Observation- Slavery 1, Slavery 2
Week 7: Insight into the ESV translation of slave vs. bonservant
Week 7: Cultural Observation- Love Feasts
Week 8: Outline
Week 9: Jude block diagram (in class), Alternate 1, Alternate 2, Additional Example
Week 10: No Notes
Week 11: Final Block Structure Outline
Week 12: Jude Chiastic Structure
Week 13-15: Pronouns, Verbs, etc.
Week 16-19: No Notes, All in-class work