BBST 103: Biblical Interpretation & Spiritual Formation (hybrid class) (3 units)

Joanne Jung, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies


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

Course Format

A hybrid course conducted over 16 weeks in alignment with Biola University's 2015 Fall semester. The class meets Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45 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.

Required Reading

Textbooks subject to change, verify with the bookstore before purchasing.

  • 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 course for the Bible minor

Final Examination