Grasping God’s Word

Grasping God’s Word

Taught by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays

The Grasping God’s Word online course is an indispensable approach to reading, interpreting and applying the Bible that will teach you how to carefully read Scripture in the biblical context, and to dig deeper into the Word of God so you will be able to understand the Bible correctly and apply its meaning to your life.

Course Details

  • 22 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 6 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

12 Month Access
$229.99 USD

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Course Description

The Grasping God's Word online course is an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. This course equips you with a five-step Interpretive Journey that will help you make sense of any passage in the Bible. It will also guide you through all the different genres found in the Bible to help you learn the specifics of how to best approach each one.

Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, professors Scott Duvall and Danny Hays start by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then move on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts Lessons include hands-on exercises to guide learners through the interpretation process and an emphasis on real-life application.

This course is the ideal resource for anyone looking for a step-by-step guide that will teach them how to accurately and faithfully interpret the Bible.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • Familiarity with foundational principles needed for understanding the Bible correctly
  • Insight into issues of background context, its influence on interpretation, and how your own history impacts understanding
  • Knowledge and tools to dig deeper into Scripture, interpret biblical texts, and rightly relate their meaning to life
  • Practice applying interpretive principles to New and Old Testament writings
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions, unit assessments, and award-winning memory building tools

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. 

Course Outline

  • Bible Translations

  • The Interpretive Journey

  • How to Read the Book—Sentences

  • How to Read the Book—Paragraphs

  • How to Read the Book—Discourses

  • The Historical-Cultural Context

  • What Do We Bring to the Text?

  • The Literary Context

  • Word Studies

  • Who Controls the Meaning?

  • Levels of Meaning

  • The Role of the Holy Spirit

  • Application


  • New Testament—Letters

  • New Testament—Gospels

  • New Testament—Acts

  • New Testament—Revelation

  • Old Testament—Narrative

  • Old Testament—Law

  • Old Testament—Poetry

  • Old Testament—Prophets

  • Old Testament—Wisdom



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