Bible Introduction

BI 211 Bible Geography (Fall 2014; Fall 2015)
This course involves a survey of the geographical backgrounds of the lands of the Bible. Biblical geography is considered in the physical setting of sacred scripture the progressive relation of the redemptive movements beginning with Abraham and culminating with Jesus and the apostles in the Roman Empire.

BI 212 Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Spring 2015; Spring 2016)
This course involves the study of manners and customs of the people who lived in Bible lands. The Bible should be interpreted in the light of Eastern customs and culture.

BI 411 Introduction to Bible Study (As Needed)
A study of the devotional use of the Bible informs the student of the various methods and steps of inductive Bible study, including observation, interpretation, evaluation, and application.

BI 412 Biblical Backgrounds (Fall 2014)
A study of the historical and/or geographical backgrounds of the Old or New Testament is made, including the manners and customs of ancient Near Eastern peoples and/or archaeological discoveries which illuminate the Bible. Note: The course may be repeated when different materials are covered.

BI 413 Introduction to Language Tools (As Needed)
This study consists of a nontechnical approach to the use of Bible lexicons, concordances, atlases, and dictionaries which ordinarily are limited to “professional” language students. Interpretative studies of selected biblical texts highlight the study.

BI 414 Introduction to Hermeneutics (Every Spring)
As a basic orientation to understanding the Bible in its literary and historical-cultural contexts, the student will be introduced to various literary genres (such as narrative, prophecy, law, poetry, wisdom literature, parables, epistles, and apocalyptic writings) with suggested guidelines for understanding and communicating the message of a passage according to its specific literary type. The question of how to discern timeless principles in contrast to culturally-bound teachings will be addressed as a part of the process of learning to apply the Bible in a valid way. Prerequisite: OT 113.

BI 511 Selected Topics in Bible Introduction (Fall 2014)
Studies in various facets of Bible Introduction are made. These may include Bible study methods or historical/cultural or geographical background studies such as manners and customs or archaeological discoveries which illuminate the Bible. Note: The course may be repeated with different subject matter.

BI 514 Biblical Hermeneutics (Every Spring)
Focusing on the art and science of understanding the Scriptures in their literary and historical-cultural contexts, the acquisition and application of key guidelines for unlocking the meaning and message of any biblical passage according to its specific literary genre will be stressed. The question of how to determine timeless principles in contrast to culturally-bound teachings will be addressed as a part of the process of learning to apply the Bible in a valid way. Prerequisite: one of the following—OT 511; OT 512; NT 511; NT 512—or concurrent enrollment.