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Reading the Bible BIB 150

Formerly Reading the Bible BIB 250; Bible Study Methods BIB 250; Bible Study Methods BIB 250; also Bible Study Methods
Location: 
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length: 
Version 1: 30 hours. Version 2: 30 hours (5 weeks). Version 3: 30 hours (3 weeks).
Dates: 
Version 1: June 1998 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - February 2008. Version 3: March 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: apply methods of effectively reading the message of Scripture; recognize the major approaches to scriptural interpretation; use commonly accepted methods for determining the meaning intended by the author of a biblical passage; and apply the teachings of Scripture to contemporary life. Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize and avoid the misreading, misapplication, and misinterpretation of Scripture; use commonly accepted methods for determining the meaning intended by the author of a biblical passage; understand and use a variety of tools (including study aids) for more effective Bible reading, interpretation, and application; explain several significant issues surrounding the interpretation and application of Scripture; encourage appropriate applications of Scripture to contemporary life; encourage a lifelong commitment to a study of God's word as well as accuracy, integrity, and practicality in that pursuit. Version 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: see with greater breadth, depth, and understanding what is written in Scripture; use commonly accepted methods for receiving the intended meaning by the author of a biblical passage; understand and use a variety of study aids to more effectively read, interpret, and respond to the Bible; explain several significant issues surrounding the interpretation and application of Scripture; make appropriate responses to God's revelation in the scriptures; and develop a lifelong commitment to the study of God's word, carefulness, integrity, and practicality in that pursuit.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: the relationship of the Testaments; a Christocentric view of Scripture; principles of interpretation; methods of application; word studies; and Bible study resources. Methods of instruction include lecture, workshops, study guides, discussion sessions, written projects, and a final cumulative written and oral presentation. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are: the relationship of the testaments, a Christocentric view of scripture, principles of interpretation, methods of application, word studies, and Bible study resources. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion and collaborative learning. Evaluation criteria include presentations and projects. Version 3: Topics in Version 1 and 2. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussions, collaborative learning, free-form diagrams, outlining.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Biblical Interpretation or as a Religious Studies elective (1/01) (04/07) Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Biblical Interpretation or as a Religious Studies elective (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

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