Hermeneutics, 3rd Edition

Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation

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Welcome, professors!

This Baker Academic Textbook eSources site offers a number of materials to aid your use of Hermeneutics, 2nd edition, in the classroom.

Suggested Answers to Exercises
A Word doc with suggested answers to the book’s exercises can be downloaded under Assets.

Additional Reading
Click here for handouts referenced in the teaching suggestions or suggested answers to exercises. These additional articles and handouts delve more deeply into some of the material and can be used with students if the instructor desires.

PowerPoint Slides
PowerPoint slides to aid instructors in their lectures can be downloaded here.

Lesson Plans
The files at the bottom of the page (under "Assets") offer two sets of suggested lesson plans. File A includes teaching suggestions developed by one author to use in ten three-hour classes, as in a course that meets once a week on the quarter system. File B includes teaching suggestions developed by the other author to use in forty-two one-hour classes, as in a typical semester-long course.

Note from the Authors: A Suggested Teaching Strategy

Most courses in hermeneutics have been taught with an emphasis on hermeneutical theory, with the majority of class time spent in lectures. The focus of our book is to take that process two steps further by (1) translating that theory into the practical steps needed to interpret biblical passages, and (2) giving students opportunities to practice those steps by interpreting passages or by refuting incorrect interpretations of passages. There are several reasons we recommend this teaching approach.

First, we believe there is biblical warrant for this. Titus 1:9 says that one of the qualifications of church leaders is that they be persons who can teach sound doctrine and are able to refute those who contradict it. In a class where many interpretations (and misinterpretations) are discussed over a period of many weeks, each student gets multiple opportunities to learn how to discuss correct and incorrect interpretations and how to tactfully disagree with other students who may be promoting questionable interpretations of passages. Thus if our role as Bible college and seminary professors is to prepare students, among other things, to meet this Titus 1:9 criterion, this approach to teaching hermeneutics will help accomplish that goal.

Second, there is no other place in the Bible college or seminary curriculum where this process (practicing correct interpretation and learning to respectfully confront incorrect interpretation) will be learned, so we believe the hermeneutics class is the most logical opportunity.

Third, college and seminary students love to discuss and debate, rather than just listen to another set of lectures. We would encourage you to have students learn the theory of hermeneutics primarily through reading the text (and other articles or texts that you add), spend a short amount of time each class answering any questions about the theory they have read, then spend the bulk of the class time sharing their answers to the exercises and discussing/debating with each other the most accurate interpretation. We believe if you try this approach for a semester you’ll find students much more involved and interested in the class than when the majority of class is spent lecturing about hermeneutics at a theoretical level.

There are more exercises than feasibly can be discussed in a standard course lasting one semester or one quarter. We encourage you to choose those exercises that you believe would be most interesting and relevant to your particular class of students, and to add exercises of your own as you see fit.

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