How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Taught by Douglas Stuart, Mark L. Strauss, Gordon D. Fee

The How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth course helps you get the most out of your Bible-reading experience. Featuring newly updated material and lessons by professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, the course focuses on historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms, and more.

Course Details

  • 15 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 6 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

12 Month Access
$199.99 USD

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Course Description

Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. It’s for everyone. The Bible is meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help disciples of all kinds grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

This introductory course, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth featuring professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, covers everything from translation concerns to different genres of biblical writing. In clear, simple language, sessions help learners accurately understand the different parts of the Bible and their implications for both ancient audiences and humanity today, so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • Greater familiarity with and appreciation for the Bible as a whole
  • Insight into the ten basic genres in the Bible and how to correctly interpret each
  • A deeper understanding of how to apply God’s Word to your own life today
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Douglas Stuart

Ph.D., Harvard University

Douglas Stuart is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, where he specializes in Assyrian and Babylonian languages and literature.

Mark L. Strauss

Ph.D., University of Aberdeen

Mark Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series, and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.

Gordon D. Fee

Ph.D., University of Southern California

Gordon D. Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a noted New Testament scholar, having published several books and articles in textual criticism and biblical interpretation, and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: The Need to Interpret

  • The Basic Tool: A Good Translatione

  • The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually

  • The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions

  • The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use

  • Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent

  • The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions

  • The Parables: Do You Get the Point?


  • The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel

  • The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel

  • The Psalms: Israel’s Prayers and Ours

  • Wisdom: Then and Now

  • Revelation: Images of Judgment and Hope


BibleMesh is now offering an integrated reading experience for our new book-based courses. As before, students will be guided through their reading with book excerpts embedded within the course. This allows for an improved reading experience within the course. Students will also be able to pop out the book reader into a full-screen, fully-featured web-based reading platform where they will be able to see the wider context of each excerpt and access the complete book.

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