About this course

The Bible carries authority for Christian thinkers and educators. Learning to read it well is therefore an important part of Christian scholarly work. The Bible speaks to our work, yet it is not a collection of handy verses related to all disciplines of the modern university. The biblical text has its own structure, integrity, and intent. This course focuses on how the authority of Scripture relates to higher education and how to engage Scripture responsibly. We encounter different biblical genres, think about principles for interpreting the Bible, and look at how the authority of Scripture can be relevant across disciplines.

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Course Length
6-7 hours
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Online, Asynchronous
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Video, Text, Reflection & Application Exercises
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Dr. David I. Smith
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Course Cost
$100 (financial aid is available if cost is a barrier)

During this course you will compare treatments of a biblical theme across a range of genres of biblical literature. You will also learn about key principles and safeguards in biblical interpretation and the role played in interpretation by genre and by the place of a given text in the overall biblical story. You will examine how a commitment to biblical authority affects the work of two current scholars in different disciplines, and you will have an opportunity to articulate connections to your own work.