READING THE BIBLE: AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE
The Bible. God's Word. The Holy Scriptures. The Word of the Lord. The Bible has been, for a very long time, the most popular book in the world and the most important book for Christians. Yet, having been composed thousands of years ago in different ancient cultures and languages, it can feel very strange and distant. Gathering in a series of special monthly sessions in 2021 and 2022 to discuss the tools for reading the Bible well, informed by both the academy and Anglican tradition, we were able to produce the following videos as a kind of educational course on reading the Bible well.
Here are some suggested books that might help you as you read: bibliography [pdf, 171k].
There were eight parts in total for the series.
Part 1: The Origin(s) of the Bible
This is the first part of our course on Reading the Bible. In it, we ask the question of how we got the Bible we have today.
|Part 2: An Overview for Study
In this second part, we look at the significance of getting the Bible right and we briefly explore and overview process for studying it.
|Part 3: Reading a Text in Context
This is the third part of our course on Reading the Bible. In it, we look at how understanding the context can help us to understand a text.
|Part 4: Finding the Structure
This is the fourth part of our course on Reading the Bible. In it, we look at how to find the structure of a passage.
|Part 5: Hearing the Melodic Line
In this fifth part of our course on Reading the Bible, we consider the unique message of a whole book and how we might listen to it and use it to help us in individual passages.
|Part 6: Connecting to the Gospel, Part 1
In part six of our course on Reading the Bible, we consider why it is essential to connect each passage of the Bible to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also start to explore tools for making these connections.
|Part 7: Connecting to the Gospel, Part 2
In part seven of our course on Reading the Bible, we continue to consider why it is essential to connect each passage of the Bible to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We explore additional tools for making these connections as well as the aspects of the gospel to which we might connect.
|Part 8: Rhetoric and Persuasion
The eighth and final part of our course on Reading the Bible begins to move beyond simply getting the text of Scripture right, beginning to consider what tools we might need to get the text of Scripture across to a particular audience in a helpful way.