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He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Biblical Interpretation
Thirdmill Ministries

He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Biblical Interpretation

This course introduces the basic concepts of interpretation, and provides a philosophy of interpretation focused on discerning the original meaning of Scripture, and leading to responsible, practical application.

At a Glance

  • Course content and resources all provided online
  • Access to video teachings for each lesson
  • Study sessions powered by Cerego memory technology
  • Learning is assessed by multiple quizzes and exams
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


140 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Evangelical Christians affirm the Scriptures as God's inerrant word, but we still disagree sometimes over the meaning of particular verses or passages. And these differences can influence our Christian doctrine and practice. One reason for these disagreements is that there are many different approaches to interpreting the Bible. But how do we know which approach to interpretation is the most responsible?

Course Goals

  • Introduce the basic concepts of interpretation.
  • Provide a philosophy of interpretation focused on discerning the original meaning of Scripture.
  • Provide a philosophy of interpretation that leads to responsible, practical modern application.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Lesson 2: Preparation for Interpretation
  • Lesson 3: Investigating Scripture
  • Lesson 4: Approaches to Meaning
  • Lesson 5: The Complexity of Meaning
  • Lesson 6: Discovering Meaning
  • Lesson 7: Applying Scripture
  • Lesson 8: Modern Application and Old Testament Epochs
  • Lesson 9: Modern Application and the New Covenant
  • Lesson 10: Biblical Culture and Modern Application
  • Lesson 11: Modern Application for Individuals
  • Required Course Readings
  • Final Exam


What do I need to take this course?
You will need an Internet connection and a Bible.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who like to better understand how to apply principles and methods to interpret passages of Scripture.

About the Technology

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Contributing Instructors

  • Dr. Jimmy Agan
  • Dr. David R. Bauer
  • Dr. Bruce Baugus
  • Dr. Steve Blakemore
  • Dr. Darrell L. Bock
  • Dr. Stephen J. Bramer
  • Dr. P.J. Buys
  • Dr. David Chapman
  • Dr. Robert B. Chisholm, Jr.
  • Dr. Gareth Cockerill
  • Rev. Larry Cockrell
  • Dr. Brandon Crowe
  • Dr. Andrew Davis
  • Dr. Daniel Doriani
  • Dr. Howard Eyrich
  • Dr. Matt Friedeman
  • Rev. Michael J. Glodo
  • Dr. Benjamin F. Intan
  • Rev. Thad James
  • Dr. Dennis E. Johnson
  • Dr. Gordon H. Johnston
  • Dr. Craig Keener
  • Dr. Ghassan Khalaf
  • Dr. Daniel Kim
  • Dr. Billy Kristanto
  • Dr. Michael Kruger
  • Dr. Peter Kuzmic
  • Dr. David Lamb
  • Dr. Rob Lister
  • Dr. Robert MacEwan
  • Dr. John McKinley
  • Dr. Thomas J. Nettles
  • Dr. Miguel Nunez
  • Dr. Luis Orteza
  • Dr. John Oswalt
  • Rev. Youssef Ourahmane
  • Dr. Jonathan Pennington
  • Dr. Gregory R. Perry
  • Dr. Robert Plummer
  • Dr. Vern S. Poythress
  • Dr. J. Scott Redd
  • Dr. David Redelings
  • Dr. Philip Graham Ryken
  • Dr. Thomas Schreiner
  • Dr. Glen Scorgie
  • Dr. James D. Smith III
  • Dr. Mark Strauss
  • Dr. K. Erik Thoennes
  • Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
  • Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong
  • Dr. Stephen Um
  • Dr Gideon Umukoro
  • Dr. Bill Ury
  • Dr. Miles Van Pelt
  • Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert
  • Dr. Brian Vickers
  • Dr. Carey Vinzant
  • Rev. Dr. Peter Walker
  • Dr. Daniel Wallace
  • Dr. Guy Waters
  • Dr. Stephen Wellum
  • Dr. Donald Whitney
  • Dr. Sanders L. Willson
  • Dr. Ben Witherington III