The principles required for responsible interpretation of the New Testament
BRS 122 deals with the people, places, and events of the Greek Scriptures and BRS 124 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. 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit. May not be taken if student has credit for BRS 21.
BRS 126 assumes the student has a good understanding of the nature and content of the New Testament. The task here is to select samples 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 four modules: (1) Interpreting the New Testament, (2) Matthew and Mark, (3) Acts and the Modern Church, and (4) The Book of Revelation.
• Recognize the nature of New Testament compositions
• Identify rules, vocabulary, and principles for interpreting New Testament genres
• 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 and applying a biblical text is known as (A) hermeneutics, (B) homiletics, (C) literary criticism, (D) textual criticism.
Resources: The course syllabus, a Bible, and three e-books accessed from the Special Electronic Collection.