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Dr. Mark Yarbrough, 214-887-5011 Dallas Theological Seminary myarbrough@dts.edu (personal admin: pcole@dts.edu) Main Contact: PGI Course Manager Marty McKee mmckee@dts.edu

BE101PI, Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics, 3 hours Passion City Church Course Dates: 1/17 – 3/7 Live Lectures: WebEx 1/27 (3:30 pm-5pm EST) Wed/Thurs 2/15;2/16 (6pm-9pm) Fri 2/17 (10am-4pm) Sat 2/18 (8am-10am)

Fr 2/17 (6pm-9pm) Sat 2/18 (10:30am-4pm)

Live LAB:

BIBLE STUDY METHODS AND HERMENEUTICS SYLLABUS

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

“An introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation (hermeneutics), application, and correlation. Principles in these steps are applied to several biblical passages and books. Required prerequisite or corequisite to all Bible Exposition courses. 3 hours.

II. COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Cognitive Objectives: By the end of this class the student should be able to …

1. Implement a methodical approach to inductive Bible study steps of Observation, Interpretation, Correlation, and Application.

2. Effectively function in the hermeneutical world of historical, cultural, rhetorical, and grammatical interpretation.

3. Understand the need to exegete both the world of the text and the world of the reader for proper biblical application.

B. Affective Objectives: By the end of this course, the student should …

1. Feel more confident in rightly handling all segments of the Word of God.

2. Appreciate the various literary genres chosen by God to communicate His mind to humanity.

3. Commit to the diligence necessary to be a qualified interpreter of the Scriptures.

III. COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Required

Leland Ryken, How to Read the Bible As Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984.

Roy B. Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1991.

[One of the following two is required]

Robert A. Traina, Methodical Bible Study. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, reprint 1985.

Yarbrough, Mark, How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor. New York, FaithWords, 2015.

An edition of the New American Standard Bible (NASB) without notes, outlines or other prepared study helps is to be brought to every class unless the student has it available during class on a laptop.

Additional Tools for Study:

1. A good unmarked Bible and Study Bible.

2. An electronic Bible study program.

3. An ample supply of plain paper and pens.

4. Supplementary tools and recommended texts will be presented in class.

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IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

A. Reading Assignments

All of the required textbooks are to be read by the end of course. A suggested reading schedule is included and suggested. The instructor’s notes (if needed and available) will be posted online. A list of the topics and required reading is included in the schedule. Students will be asked on the final course date to report that they have completed the reading (March 7!). This reading accounts for twenty percent (20 %) of the final grade.

B. Written Assignments (papers, study exercises, charts, etc.)

This is designed as a methods course. Practice is essential to strengthen both the art and the skills of Bible study. Six small assignments will be given at various points during the course and will not be unlocked until the student has watched the appropriate videos and/or have participated in live lectures. These assignments are to be submitted by the prescribed due date, unless otherwise discussed. These assignments will account for sixty percent (60 %) of the final grade.

C. Course Integration Assignment

No quizzes or examinations will be given. However, students must submit a written course integration assignment on or before Tuesday, March 7. This exposition of an assigned passage will be 8 to 12 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and include a bibliography of sources used. The purpose of this assignment is to enable the student to apply the course principles to a passage and make an appropriate application. This paper will account for twenty percent (20 %) of the final grade and will be discussed during the live sessions 2/15 – 2/18.

V. COURSE POLICIES

A. Weight Given to Course Requirements for Grading

1. Reading assignments count for twenty percent (20%) of the final grade.

2. Written assignments count for sixty percent (60%) of the final grade.

3. The course integration assignment accounts for twenty percent (20%) of the final grade.

B. Class Participation

Students will be expected to participate in group projects and class discussion. They will also have opportunity to share the results of their personal research with the rest of the class on a regular basis.

C. Late Assignments

Each assignment is discussed on the date it is due. Thus, it is impossible to accept late assignments, since these will already have been reviewed. The work of other students, as well as that of the professor, will have been given making it unfair to the remainder of the class if late assignments are accepted. In the event of medical or similar emergency students are responsible to contact the instructor. Alternate arrangements will be at the discretion of the professor.

D. Absences

Students are expected to attend the online session (WebEx), watch the video sessions, and attend/participate in the live lectures/labs assigned in the course schedule. For part of the “live” sessions (Friday evening and Saturday) students will participate in “Lab” through Passion Global Institute. The Lab will be taught by Ben Stuart and Mark Yarbrough. More information is available at https://www.passionglobalinstitute.com/labs/ . The Lab is an important part of the class and is thus mandatory. Extreme medical and family emergencies are rare, however, they do occur. In such a case the instructor must be notified of the reason and any variation in policy will be at his discretion.

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E. Letter/Numerical Grade Scale

A+ 99-100

B+

91-93

C+

83-85

D+

75-77

F

0-69

A 96-98

B

88-90

C

80-82

D

72-74

 

A-

94-95

B-

86-87

C-

78-79

D-

70-71

 

F. Plagiarism

Students must write papers in their own voice. Sources should be interacted with by means of quotation and citation, not copied as if they were one’s own thoughts. The attempt to make one’s paper look better than it is by not citing the sources for facts, or by consistently borrowing another’s work, or line of thought without citing is considered deceitful and cannot be tolerated in an academic setting. Students should learn appropriate research, writing and notation procedures. Avoid the temptation to cut and paste from the Internet or other resources directly into your paper except for specific, cited points which bolster your paper’s analysis. Plagiarism violations will result in automatic failure of the project and possibly of the course, and disciplinary procedures in accordance with the student handbook and student dean’s office.

VI. COURSE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

A.

Access to the Instructor: Students may contact the professor by phone, or email at the following locations.

Dr. Mark Yarbrough Dallas Theological Seminary 3909 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX, 75204 Office phone: 214-887-5011 E-mail myarbrough@dts.edu

Best contact and to schedule an appointment:

Pam Cole (my administrative assistant) Office phone: 214-887-5010 (pcole@dts.edu)

For course information:

Contact PGI Course Manager Marty McKee (mmckee@dts.edu)

B.

Disability policy

DTS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the operation of any of its programs and activities. To avoid discrimination, the student is responsible for informing the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities and the course instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.

C.

Copyright and privacy of the professor

Classes may be recorded for personal study purposes or to make up a missed class, but any recording or written copies of class notes should not be shared with those outside the class, posted on the web, or published in any fashion without the express permission of the professor.

D.

Receive Weather and Flu Alerts by Text Message

DTS also wants you to be aware of our emergency texting service. We strongly urge you to go to https://www.dts.edu/account/alerts/ and sign up to receive emergency texts related to weather or disaster school closing

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VII. COURSE LECTURES AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE

Since this is a hybrid course, the student is responsible for watching select videos on Canvas and completing course work according to the syllabus. The work prior to the “live” sessions is critical. Please note the due dates and submit work in a timely manner. The live sessions (including the “Lab” [see section V, D for more information]) will build upon this work and assume the student has a grasp of the previously covered material. The video sessions are from Dr. Mark Bailey, who also teaches this course on the Dallas campus as well as online. You will find this material very informative.

The SCHEDULE below outlines the 4 primary units of the course. Unit 1 and 2 will be completed prior to the 2/15 – 2/18 live sessions. Unit 3 outlines the material covered during the live session. Unit 4 is material covered after the live session. The reading assignments are listed for each unit. At the end of the semester, a reading report is due asking for the percentage of reading completed – not when it was completed. In other words, read as you desire. The suggested schedule below will keep pace with the content in each unit. For clarity sake, three books are required for the course:

Books

Abbreviation

Leland Ryken, How to Read the Bible As Literature.

How to Lit BBI

Roy B. Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation. [One of the following two is required]

Robert A. Traina, Methodical Bible Study.

MBS

Yarbrough, Mark, How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor.

Sem Prof

The description of each assignment and the applicable due date is available on the course site on Canvas. Please note that each assignment will not be available to you until the course videos for each unit have been watched. As this is a methods course, sequence and mastery of material is important.

Unit

Dates

Topic

Reading

Assignment

1

1/17 - 1/27

Introduction/Unit is Open

 

Watch Intro Video

Watch Unit 1 Videos

Bible Study Methods Observation and Rules for Reading Components of Observation Laws of Literary Composition

MBS Ch 1-2 (or) Sem Prof Intro-Ch8 BBI Ch 1-3

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

 

Assignment 3

 

1/27

LIVE: WebEx Intro (3:30pm-5:00pm)

 

WebEx Intro

Unit

Dates

Topic

Reading

Assignment

2

1/28 – 2/15

Unit 2 is Open

   
   

Introduction to Hermeneutics Grammatical Contexts Mechanical Layouts Figures of Speech

BBI Ch 4-11 Sem Prof Ch 9-11

Watch Unit 2 Videos

Assignment 4

 

Assignment 5

Unit

Dates

Topic

Reading

Assignment

3

2/15 – 2/18

Unit 3: LIVE at Passion City Church

   
   

Interpretation Historical/Cultural Backgrounds Narrative Literature Poetry/Parables/Epistles/Prophets/PT’s Live LAB (2/17 evening and day 2/18)

How to Lit (entirety) Sem Prof 12-17 (or) MBS Ch 3-4

Assignment 6 (Done during class)

Unit

Dates

Topic

Reading

Assignment

4

2/18 – 3/7

Unit 4 is Open

   
   

Theological Systems Correlation Application

Sem Prof 18-20

Watch Unit 4 Videos Final Integration Paper DUE 3/7

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