INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

Difficulty: Beginner

Introduction to the Bible

Course Overview:

Introduction   to   the   Bible   will   engage   students   in   a   discussion   of   Bible translations and  various  versions.  Students  will  learn  about  the  origin  and the process  of  how  the  Bible  has  come  to  us  today. Ultimately,  the  class  will provide  students with  an  overview  of biblical  genres  and  basic outlines  for  each of its books.

Course Objectives: As a result of laboring in this class, students will:

  1. Learn about the origins of the Bible;
  2. Learn about the canonization process for the OT and NT;
  3. Learn about Church history and its impact on the inspiration of the Bible; and
  4. Learn how the Bible has developed over the years including modern times.

2021 SESSIONS

Session 1: Introduction and Overview

Be more familiar to the progressive nature of God’s revelation. Learn more about how God has used human vessels in inspiration. Become more familiar with the process that gave us the OT

Session 2: What is the Bible?

We will Discuss the etymology of “Bible” (pg. 6). Discuss and define the term “Tanak” (pg. 7)

Session 3: Old Testament Canon

  • The Formation of the Old Testament Canon
  • Discuss the crisis of the Exile
  • Discuss the growth of the canon
  • Discuss the canonical and deuterocanonical books

Session 4: New Testament Canon

  • Learn what constituted the “Bible” during NT times
  • Become more familiar with the process that gave us the NT  
  • Discuss the OT as Christian Scripture (pgs. 22 – 23)
  • Discuss the Stages in the Development of a NT Canon (pgs. 23 – 26)

Session 5: Text and Translations

  • Learn what impact transmission and translations had on the original Bible
  • Become more familiar with the process that gave us the Bible

Session 6: Patristic and Medieval Part 1

  • Learn more about the periods of Church and Bible history beyond the NT period
  • Learn more about the role the Church has played and its impact (historically) on how we understand what the Bible is saying to us today

 

Session 7: Patristic and Medieval Part 2

  • Learn more about the periods of Church and Bible history beyond the NT period
  • Learn more about the role the Church has played and its impact (historically) on how we understand what the Bible is saying to us today

 

Session 8: Interpretation of the Bible: Reformation Period

  • The Bible Interprets Itself (pgs. 48 – 49)
  • The Bible Authenticates Itself (pgs. 49 – 50)

Session 9: Interpretation of the Bible: Counter-Reformation

  • The Bible has a Single Meaning (pgs. 51 – 52)
  • The Catholic Response (pg. 52)

Session 10: Interpretation of the Bible: The Bible in the Modern Era

  • The Development of Historical Criticism
  • The Reception of Historical Criticism
  • The Protestant Churches
  • The Catholic Church

Session 11: The Interpretation of the Bible: Postmodern View

  • The Indeterminacy of Meaning
    • Part and Whole (pgs. 65 – 67)
    • The Historical Context (pgs. 67 – 68)
  • The “Intentional Fallacy” (pgs. 68 – 70)
    • Text and Reader (pgs. 70 – 71)
    • A Hermeneutics of Suspicion (pgs. 71 – 73)

2019 SESSIONS

How We Got the Bible- Becoming a Disciple of Christ

Session I

Starting August 6, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Illumination, Revelation, and Inspiration

Session II

August 13, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- What is the Bible?

Session III

Starting August 20, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- New Testament Canon

Session IV

September 17, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Text and Translation

Session VI

October 1, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Patristic and Medieval Interpretation

Session VII

October 8, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Patristic and Medieval Interpretation II

Session VIII

October 15, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Protestant Reformation Movement

Session IX

October 22, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How We Got the Bible- Three Modes of Salvation

Session X

October 29, 2019

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2017 SESSION I

How We Got the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

SESSION II

How We Got the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Instructions to receive credit for online viewing:

  1. First & Last Name
  2. Date & Time you watched video
  3. List Scriptures used during class
  4. Comments and questions you have

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