The Interpretive Journey: How to Interpret the Bible

The Interpretive Journey: How to Interpret the Bible

Taught by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays

Learn how we got the Bible, how best to choose a translation for personal use and study, and the key steps for correctly interpreting any passage in the Bible. 

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Course Details

  • 2 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 30 minutes of video 

  • Beginner

  • Chapters One and Two of Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

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Course Description

Based on chapters one and two of the popular textbook Grasping God’s Word by Old Testament scholar J. Daniel Hays and New Testament expert J. Scott Duvall, this course provides a simple and clear introduction to the history of the Bible’s composition and transmission, approaches to Bible translation, principles for choosing which translation to use, and the key steps for accurate study and application of the Bible.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practical exercises, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • knowledge of how we got the Bible, including its writing, transmission, and translation throughout history
  • understanding of the two basic approaches to Bible translation
  • a survey overview of the best and most popular English Bible translations available
  • helpful principles for determining which Bible translation to choose for personal use and study
  • a tested, simple, and step-by-step method for accurately studying the Bible and applying it in your own life

Meet Your Instructors

J. Scott Duvall

Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He has coauthored several books, including Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek; Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God's Word; and Journey into God’s Word.

J. Daniel Hays

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation. 

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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

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