How to Read and Understand the Bible Track

How to Read and Understand the Bible Track

Taught by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, Mark L. Strauss, Michael F. Bird, William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., Douglas Stuart, R. Albert Mohler Jr. , Peter Enns, Kevin J. Vanhoozer , John R. Fanke

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Course Details

  • 5 course series

  • Self-paced

  • 29.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Full price: $1,039.95

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Course Description

The Bible can be difficult to read and even harder to understand. It was first written and read by people who lived in a different time, a different place, and a different culture.

How do we learn to hear the Bible as its first listeners would have heard it? How can we interpret it for our own time?

The courses in How to Read and Understand the Bible Track will teach you how to read, understand, and apply the Bible to today.

You will learn:

  • How to read the various genres of Scripture
  • How to read specific books of the Bible—with a special focus on the more challenging passages, like apocalyptic literature, prophecy, and Revelation
  • The basics of interpretive theory—the big questions about how we know what the text means
  • How the Bible was put together and why we can trust it
  • How it has been read and translated through two thousand years of Christian history

When you finish this course track, you will have become a better reader of the Bible.

Key Benefits

  • Get immediate access to all 5 seminary-level online courses in the track
  • Access 29.5 hours of video lectures from Douglas Stuart, Mark L. Strauss, J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., R. Albert Mohler Jr., Michael F. Bird, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Peter Enns, John R. Fanke, James R. A. Merrick, Stephen M. Garrett, and Ryan M. Reeves
  • Work through the courses at your own pace—take up to 36 months
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion
  • No prior coursework or prerequisites are required

This Track Includes the Following Courses

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

  • Taught by Douglas Stuart and Mark L. Strauss, and incorporating materials from Gordon D. Fee
  • 15 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures
Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

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  • Taught by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays
  • 16 units
  • 7.5 hours of video lectures
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

  • Taught by William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.
  • 14 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy

  • Taught by R. Albert Mohler Jr., Michael F. Bird, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Peter Enns, John R. Fanke, James R. A. Merrick, Stephen M. Garrett
  • 8 units
  • 4 hours of video lectures
Know How We Got Our Bible

  • Taught by Ryan M. Reeves
  • 15 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures

Designed to Help You Succeed

  • Work at your own pace.
    Take as much time as you need to work through each course and each lesson—up to 36 months. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.
  • Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.
    Your instructors have taught the material for decades both in traditional classroom settings and online. Everything has been expertly designed and time-tested.
  • Get access to tools proven to help you learn.
    Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology that will help you retain and remember what you learn.
  • Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.
    Get access to 30+ hours of video materials, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more.

The Certificate Program Is Ideal for:

  • Preachers, teachers, and leaders who desire to be more faithful to the text of Scripture as they prepare sermons, teach lessons, or lead Bible studies.
  • Beginning students who desire a solid foundation in hermeneutics.
  • Anyone who wants to read, understand, and interpret the Bible more carefully.

How to earn the Certificate

  1. Achieve an 80% or higher grade in each of the eight required courses.
  2. Complete all coursework within 36 months of enrolling.
  3. Notify us of completion.

When we have confirmed you have satisfied the program requirements, we will issue a Certificate of Completion.

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. 

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.

Michael F. Bird

PhD., University of Queensland

Michael F. Bird is a lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of many books, including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, and Evangelical Theology, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He blogs at the New Testament blog Euangelion.

William W. Klein

PhD., University of Aberdeen

William W. Klein is a professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, and he has also written The New Chosen People: A Corporate View of Election.

Craig L. Blomberg

PhD., University of Aberdeen

Craig L. Blomberg is a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books and more than 130 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures.

Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.

PhD., Claremont Graduate School

Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. is a professor of Biblical Literature at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He previously served as a chaplain on active duty in the United States Navy and in the United States Naval Reserve. He also serves as general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.

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.

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

ThD., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology.

Peter Enns

PhD., Harvard University

Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University and is the author of several books, including Exodus in the NIV Application Commentary.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer

PhD., Cambridge University, England

Kevin J. Vanhoozer is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

John R. Fanke

DPhil., Oxford

John R. Franke serves as theologian-in-residence with Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.

Read & Understand the Bible Certificate Details

Upon completing all five of these courses, you will need to click the below link to apply for your Certificate


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