BBST 103: Biblical Interpretation & Spiritual Formation (hybrid class) (3 units)
Equips students to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate, dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Identified the major genres in which the Bible was written and know the general principles to interpret each biblical genre
- Applied an understanding of biblical genre, literary, historical, and cultural contexts in determining the meaning of select passages
- Derived contextually accurate personal applications and points of significance through meditation upon the meaning of a biblical text
- Demonstrated an understanding of means of grace and applied these to their personal lives in community
A hybrid course conducted over 16 weeks in alignment with Biola University's 2015 Spring semester. The class meets Tuesdays from 9:00-10:15 am and online. Students will interact with the instructor and each other through interactive online discussions, video conferences, and other assignments. A webcam and microphone are required for this course.
- Jung, Joanne. Knowing Grace: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Godliness. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011.
- Russell, Walt. Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2000.
- Supplemental readings supplied online
2 books from the list below, which may be accessed in the Biola Library or purchased:
- Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.
- Issler, Klaus. Wasting Time with God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001.
- Ortberg, John. The Life You’ve Always Wanted. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.
- Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1991.
- Interactive online discussions (15%)
- 5-page personal testimony (5%)
- 2-page interview (5%)
- Reading, video viewing, and Scripture memorization report (5%)
- Reflection papers on the 8 means of grace (15%)
- 8 Scripture interpretation and meditation papers (25%)
- Final hermeneutics paper (30%)
Relation to Curriculum
Required core course for the Bible minor