Course Summary

The principles required for responsible interpretation of the New Testament

BRS 2 deals with the people, places, and events of the Greek Scriptures and BRS 4 asked, "What do these things mean?" This course in exegesis is concerned with the student's own ability to interpret New Testament texts. The need to do personal interpretation presupposes that spiritual maturity rests upon good interpretation. In turn, the course contributes to a goal of the B.R.S. program by preparing the student to handle the biblical text responsibly. The course moves beyond theory to the techniques of independent study. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit.

BRS 21 assumes the student has a good understanding of the nature and content of the New Testament. The task here is to select a sample of biblical texts and consider how they should be studied and what application can be made for the present day. The course is organized in five modules: (1) Interpreting the New Testament, (2) Acts 1:1-9:31, (3) Acts 9:32-18:22, (4) Acts 18:23-28:31, and (5) Acts and the Modern Church.


Recognize the principles that govern the application of New Testament compositions.

• Identify rules, vocabulary, and principles of interpretation of New Testament genres.

• Apply hermeneutical guidelines to passages in Acts of Apostles.

• Apply New Testament texts to contemporary situations.

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on four multiple choice examinations and an exegetical assignment. A sample exam problem is given below:

The science of interpreting a text is known as (A) hermeneutics, (B) homiletics, (C) literary criticism, (D) textual criticism.


The course syllabus, a Bible, and the following textbook

Blomberg, Craig L. and Jennifer Foutz Markley. A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. Baker Academic, 2010. 320 pages. $16.82 ISBN: 978-0801031779