BIB125/BIB525: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
The BibleMesh Institute

BIB125/BIB525: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Featuring newly updated material and lessons by professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, this course focuses on historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms, and more.

At a Glance

  • A full introduction of foundational principles required to understand the Bible correctly
  • Insight into the ten basic genres in the Bible and how to correctly interpret each
  • Assigned proctor to guide you through the course and provide extra assignments
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by graphics and charts; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • $250 per month access to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours

Only enroll in this course if you have applied to the BibleMesh Institute, been accepted and directed to take this course.

More Details

Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. It’s for everyone. The Bible is meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help disciples of all kinds grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

This introductory course, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth featuring professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, covers everything from translation concerns to different genres of biblical writing. In clear, simple language, sessions help learners accurately understand the different parts of the Bible and their implications for both ancient audiences and humanity today, so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practical exercises, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction: The Need to Interpret
  2. The Basic Tool: A Good Translatione
  3. The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually
  4. The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions
  5. The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use
  6. Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent
  7. The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions
  8. The Parables: Do You Get the Point?
  9. The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel
  10. The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel
  11. The Psalms: Israel’s Prayers and Ours
  12. Wisdom: Then and Now
  13. Revelation: Images of Judgment and Hope