This outline is one of a series on Basic Hermenutics.
PURPOSE OF SERIES: To lay the foundation of good interpretation of the Bible.
SESSION ONE: INTRODUCTION AND COURSE DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW
a. “How to read the Bible”
b. “How to properly interpret the bible”
c. “The method one has of Biblical interpretation”
II. Why is hermeneutic important?
a. With a proper interpretation, you can know what the Scripture says
b. You can have the right method to protect you from misinterpretation
i. Be sober with this instruction: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2Timothy 2:15)
III. Course Overview
a. Hermeneutic in the context of Systematic Theology
i. When one learns how to read the Bible, they desire to know what the Bible really teaches
1. In this sense, there is a relationship between theology and hermeneutics
2. This presupposes that the Bible should be the source and authority to be read.
a. How should we study theology? This is the topic of Session Two
b. Foundational Biblical Doctrines for Hermeneutics
i. The Bible as God’s special written revelation
This is the topic of Session Three
ii. Is the Bible the authoritative source for theology?
1. Does the Bible teaches that the Bible is authoritative for theological truths?
This is the topic of Session Four
2. Does that mean that the Bible is without error?
Ramification of this doctrine in the areas of Hermeneutics is explored in Session Five
iii. Is their clarity in the Bible to even interpret it?
This is the topic of Session Six
c. Principles in interpreting Scripture
i. Principles of personal and ethical criteria of studying theology is the topic in session seven
ii. A critical pivotal point for hermeneutics is the issue of the importance of words and grammar
1. This is the topic of session eight
iii. Interpretation in light of Context
1. Immediate context- this is the topic in session nine
2. Chapter and Book context- this is the topic in session ten
3. Entirety of the Bible context- this is the topic in session eleven
d. Hermeneutics and the relationship with other discipline
i. Hermeneutics has a relationship with Systematic Theology
ii. Hermeneutics has a relationship with other disciplines involving natural revelation
This is explored in the session twelve
iii. Hermeneutics has a relationship with Apologetics
This is explored in session thirteen