Biblical Literacy Ministries

Seminar Options

Seminars Available from Biblical Literacy Ministries

Biblical Literacy Ministries seeks to offer seminars that focus on interpretation methods in order to increase biblical literacy in the church. We take neutral positions on denominational particularities, sticking to the fundamentals of evangelical theology as best as we are able. The text and the best means of interpreating the text is central in all our discussion.

We have a list of seminars to choose from, but have been known to tailor seminars to the needs of particular groups within the parameters of our minstry. So if you don’t see what you are looking for listed here, ask about creating something new.

INVITE US AND WE WILL COME.

 

1. Got HAGALAH?: Historical Hermeneutics. This seminar introduces the concept of hermeneutics as the art and science of biblical interpretation and sends the student down the first road of Historical Grammatical Literary Hermeneutics. It teaches the student the importance of interpreting biblical literature within the historical reality of the inspired writer.

2. Got HAGALAH?: Grammatical Hermeneutics. This seminar continues from the last and teaches the student the importance of interpreting biblical literature within the linguistic context of the inspired writer. It helps the student think properly about words while doing word studies and about grammar when reading in translation.

3. Got HAGALAH?: Literary Hermeneutics. This seminar continues from the last and teaches the student the importance of interpreting biblical literature within the literary context of the inspired writer. It discusses the art of literature and literary devices common to scripture, introduces each biblical genre, and provides rules for getting the most from them.

4. Fixing Your Interpretive Compass: A Practical Introduction to Biblical Interpreation.  This seminar is for beginners, introducing the modern Bible reader to the most basic concepts of solid Bible reading. It introduces the idea of Historical Grammatical Literary Hermeneteutics in relationship to issues of Divine Inspirations, the relationship of biblical theology to systematic theology and historical theology, the basic principles of Historical Hermeneutics, Grammatical Hermeneutics & Literary Hermeneutics, and the basic precedures for inductive study. Each lecture selects one primary text to unpack using the principles of each lecture. Its a Great place to start and can range from 5-8 hours depending on the time available.

5. Profiting from the Prophets: Learning to Make Sense of Biblical Prophecy. This seminar provides a detailed consideration of the rules of interpreting the literature of the writing prophets. It considers the nature of Prophecy, looks at the function of the prophet within Ancient society, and considers the poetic nature, devices, and structures common to their literature. It concludes with a consideration of the nature of prophetic fulfillment based on Old Testament and New Testament uses of their predictive remarks.

6. Getting More Out of Your Bible Study: An Introduction to Inductive Bible Study through the Book of Ruth. This seminar is best taken after the three Hagalah seminars, but can be made to function independently. It will guide the student through a step by step analysis of the historical, grammatical, and literary elements at work within the unfolding drama of the book of Ruth. The student will learn to observe, interrogate, interpret, and apply the author’s intended message through an honest consideration of how the story is told.

7. Getting More Out of Your Bible Study: An Introduction to Inductive Bible Study through the Book of Jonah. This seminar is best taken after the three Hagalah seminars, but can be made to function independently. It will guide the student through a step by step analysis of the historical, grammatical, and literary elements at work within the unfolding drama of the book of Jonah. The student will learn to observe, interrogate, interpret, and apply the author’s intended message through an honest consideration of how the story is told.

***These two seminars (6 & 7) are a brief exposure to the material presented with more vigor and precision in the Course, Discovering the Jesus of Mark.

8. Sensing Psalms: Israel’s worship as God’s Word. This seminar is introduces the students to the genres, structures, and devices common to Hebrew Poetry, and teaches them to observe them as carefully as possible when working in translation. There is a consideration of the history of Psalms and issues involved in reading Psalms as a book.

9. Learning Law: The Principles and Importance of understanding Biblical Law. This seminar introduces the students to the conceptual, historical, and literary background of law and laws. It considers biblical law in light of changing Jewish and Christian societies and institutions, and discusses the matter of Law vs. Grace.

10. Epistles as Theology: Understanding the Published Letters of the Earliest Apostles. This seminar gives a detailed consideration of the rules and processes involved in interpreting and applying the discussions, commands, and theology in the biblical letters written to the early church. There will be a light introduction to the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.

11. Probing Parables: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus. This seminar gives a detailed consideration of the rules and processes involved in understanding and applying the Parables of Jesus within the Gospels. It will discuss Jesus’ reason for using parables, and the historical and literary background for the genre during the first century.

12. How They Got This Out of That: The New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament. This seminar gives the students a solid introduction to the issues involved in discerning the principles and processes behind the New Testament writer’s use of Scripture. It considers issues of prophecy-fulfillment, and looks at the interpretive patterns at work within first century Judaism. It lays out a seven step program for gaining an understanding each use.

13. Whole Life Holiness: The True Meaning of “Holiness” in Scripture. This seminar provides the student with a detailed consideration of the true meaning of holiness language and practice within Scripture. It discusses fundamental ancient concepts of the divine, and details each member of society’s relationship to holiness—Priest, Prophet, Sage. It also considers changing relationships to the holy through Christ.

14. The Curious Covenant: Understanding the Ever Present Concept of Covenant in Biblical Literature. This seminar introduces the students to biblical covenant as both a concept and genre. It considers the historical development of covenant and helps the students recognize and categorize not only major biblical covenants, but the hundreds that appear throughout biblical literature. It contemplates the nature of the New Covenant of Christ.

15. The Noisy Silent Years: Understanding the Inter-testamental Period. This seminar introduces the student to the major historical movements, characters, and events from the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. It also introduces the student to significant literature, and the social, cultural, and theological developments during this period.