Course on the Bible
Taught by Blake Dawson – Thursday evenings at 7pm, beginning March 6
In second floor Classroom
Bible Class Syllabus
The initial plan is to have 20 to 25 minutes of teaching, followed by some questions and discussion. The time limit will be enforced so that I may have to continue with a subject the next week if some points aren’t hit. I also plan on having a way to keep track of questions that I need to research and find answers for the next week, or to use as launching points for later subjects.
One possibility is to have the audio of the class recorded and put online as a podcast. In that case I would create an email address for people to ask questions as well.
1)How do you read your Bible?
i)Dependence on Holy Spirit
(1)John 14:26, II Peter 1:20-21, James 1:5, Proverbs 20:27, Isaiah 11:2
ii)Importance of Truth
(1)Emphasis on why we believe the Bible is the Truth.
(2)Contrast the Bible’s objective absolute Truth with the world’s subjective worldview.
iii)Importance of Context
(1)What is context and why is context important?
(3)Immediate context of the entire passage
(4)Brief examination of genres such as Epistles, Apocalyptic Literature, Gospels, etc.
(5)Figurative vs Literal passages
iv)The Bible Interprets Itself
(1)The Unity of Scripture
(2)Topical study of Scripture – letting the whole Bible comment on a subject or verse
(3)Example of John 1:1 and John 1:14.
(1)Drawing directly from the text rather than reading into it our own view
vi)The Bible is Clear
(1)The authors wanted the reader to understand the essential message
(2)Mysteries exist due to our immaturity, not Scripture’s inherent complexity
(3)See previous points as to how obscure passages can become more clear
vii)How to Handle Different Interpretations
(1)Secondary vs Essential Doctrines
(2)Examine tradition and get wise counsel
(a)Never interpret Scripture in a vacuum
(3)Handle disagreements with love
The aim is not to have a course on hermeneutics, but it seemed a logical place to start. I will review the students questions and interests once these subjects are covered, as well as covering discussion subjects throughout the course.