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Mobile Ed: BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation (2 hour course)

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Join Dr. Craig Keener, a foremost expert in biblical backgrounds, as he provides principles for interpretation along with excellent examples. See the parable of the Prodigal Son through the eyes of a Pharisee, learn the dangers involved in using allegory rather than analogy, and appreciate the contrast between Emperor Augustus and Jesus in the story of the first Christmas. Dr. Keener draws from his meticulous research of the ancient world to show you how to interpret the Bible by understanding its cultural contexts, genres, and more.


Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Relate Bible background information to modern settings
  • Interpret passages of scripture based upon their original setting and cultural elements
  • Utilize knowledge about genre to better understand the intent of biblical authors


  • Introducing the Course and the Speaker

Unit 1: Reading the Bible in Context

  • Immediate Context
  • Identifying References to Satan in John
  • Whole-Book Context
  • Example from the Gospel of John
  • Example from 1 Corinthians 13

Unit 2: Understanding the Background of the Bible

  • Ancient Contexts
  • Background of Luke 2
  • Jesus’ Parables of Lost Things

Unit 3: Interpreting Different Genres in the Bible

  • Defining Genre
  • Old Testament Genres
  • Discovering Poetic Form and Function in the Psalms
  • Genres and Devices in Jesus’ Teachings
  • The Gospels
  • Genre-Specific Searching with Literary Typing
  • Epistles
  • Epistles: Example of Head Coverings
  • Epistles: Situational Differences
  • Creating a Custom Guide for Cultural Background
  • Prophecy
  • Prophecy and Apocalyptic: The Book of Revelation
  • Interpreting Revelation: Part 1
  • Interpreting Revelation: Part 2


  • Course Summary
  • Title: BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation
  • Instructor: Craig S. Keener
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 2
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Dr. Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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  1. Kyle



    I am writing as a Lay person here who has a taste of a couple of semesters of college. I don't need to comment on Dr. Keener's knowledge of interpretation, he knows more than me and I am happy to eat the crumbs off his table of knowledge. For me this course was a great intro and then (again for me) a deep dive into interpreting the bible in light of some of it's contexts, immediate and historical and genres. I really appreciated his format, and most of all some of the other writings that he pulled from to show me deeper contexts that I would have never arrived at on my own. These tools such as The New American Commentary and it's demonstration to me for historical context is something practical that I will use as I move on to study other parts of the bible on my own or as part of another course, or in preparation for a sermon if I am asked to cover the pulpit. I like the way Dr. Keener is leading me to understand and practice what he is teaching me. This Layman is very thankful for him and this work and was well worth the price. Glory to God, for even the Layman can meditate with others on the deep things of God.
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