2nd Quarter 2020: How to Interpret Scripture

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we will examine how the Bible teaches us to interpret itself. That is, rather than first going to such extra-biblical sources as science, philosophy, and history (which, if used correctly, can be a blessing), we will seek to uncover from within the biblical texts the tools that reveal the great truths found in its sacred pages. We are told that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2Pet. 1:21, NKJV). And we believe that among the things these “holy men of God spoke” are keys to helping us interpret the Word of God. We won’t find a better example on how to read the Bible than from Jesus.At the same time, we will explore our own presuppositions and reasoning about context, language, culture, and history and how they impact the way we read and understand the Word of God. How are we to interpret the parables, prophecies, sacred history, admonitions, songs of praise, prophetic visions, and dreams—the whole spectrum of inspired writing found in the Scriptures? All these questions and more will be explored this quarter because, as doctrines like eternal torment in hell or Sunday sacredness show, believing in the Bible itself isn’t enough. We must learn how to interpret it, as well.

Frank M. Hasel, PhD, is an associate director of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI)at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Michael G. Hasel, PhD, is professor of Religion at Southern Adventist University and director of the Institute of Archaeology and the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum

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2nd Quarter 2020: How to Interpret Scripture >>
Lesson Title Webcast Video Audio Notes
1 – The Uniqueness of the Bible (Apr. 4)

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2 – The Origin and Nature of the Bible (Apr. 11)

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3 – Jesus and the Apostles’ View of the Bible (Apr. 18)

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4 – The Bible—the Authoritative Source of Our Theology (Apr. 25)

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5 – By Scripture Alone – Sola Scriptura (May 2)

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6 – Why Is Interpretation Needed? (May 9)

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7 – Language, Text, and Context (May 16)

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8 – Creation: Genesis as Foundation – Part 1 (May 23)

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9 – Creation: Genesis as Foundation – Part 2 (May 30)

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10 – The Bible as History (Jun. 6)

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11 – The Bible and Prophecy (Jun. 13)

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12 – Dealing With Difficult Passages (Jun. 20)

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13 – Living by the Word of God (Jun. 27)

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