How to Read the Scriptures (Pt. 1) Video Lectures



This study will cover the issue of biblical hermeneutics–interpreting the Scriptures. This is the first half of the course. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of Bible interpretation, the history of interpretation, sources of hermeneutical principles, canonical structure and hermeneutics, biblical theology and hermeneutics, and a practical example of the whole. This course was originally offered on the Nehemiah Coxe Study Center, so some mention is made in the lectures of a final exam and required reading. While those purchasing this resource are not required to do any work, of course, the required reading is helpfully noted for further study, and the mentionings of final exam material in the lectures are helpfully noted as significant principles.

Part 1 Lecture Titles:
1. Overview of the Course
2. General Introduction I
3. General Introduction II

Principles and Practice of Hermeneutics
4. Influences of Progress
5. Models for Interpreting Scripture
6. Preparation of Interpretation
7. Investigating Grammar I
8. Investigating Grammar II
9. Historical Investigation I
10. Historical Investigation II, Background Studies
11. Redemptive-Historical Investigation, Context

History of Hermeneutics: Rabbinical Hermeneutics
12. Rabbinical Hermeneutics I
13. Rabbinical Hermeneutics II

History of Hermeneutics: Christian Hermeneutics
14. First Century and Patristics
15. The Schools of Alexandria and Antioch
16. The Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation

Lecture videos are in standard definition.
Total Download Size: 2.29GB

All proceeds benefit IRBS Theological Seminary

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