He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation

In this course, we will examine how Christians affirm the Scriptures as God's inerrant word, but continue to disagree over their meaning at times.


Evangelical Christians affirm the Scriptures as God’s inerrant word, but we still disagree sometimes over the meaning of particular verses or passages, and these differences can influence our Christian doctrine and practice. One reason for these disagreements is that there are many different approaches to interpreting the Bible. But how do we know which approach to interpretation is the most responsible? This course will help answer that question. It is based on the lecture series, He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation, and hosted by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. with contributions from a variety of professors.

This course is provided by Third Millennium Ministries (thirdmill.org)

  1. Understand the fundamental principles of biblical interpretation, including the terminology and history of hermeneutics, the biblical approach to meaning, the unique nature of the Scriptures, and the proper way to discover the original meaning of a passage and apply it to our modern context.
  2. Grow in your desire to study the Scriptures carefully and to discover the best approach to interpret them.
  3. Apply the guidelines of this course to develop appropriate habits of biblical interpretation.
  • Excellent course

    — Rick, United States
  • It was a good course.

    — Paul, United States
  • Excellent course. It helped me change how I approach Scripture and interpret it.

    — Farai, South Africa
  • It is very user friendly and easy to access. I will definitely take more of these courses.

    — Cherie, United States
  • Good course, but it was hard!

    — Delbert, United States
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • This course did a very nice job of making Biblical interpretation something that I think I can tackle with wisdom. I now know the pitfalls to try and avoid and the areas of import that need to be observed.

    — Brandi, Malaysia
  • Enjoyed the earlier lessons compared to the latter.

    — Steven, United States
  • I had difficulty digesting this course. It was far too lengthy and dry. I had difficulty continuing, and nearly quit many times.

    — Jamey, United States
  • Well taught and interesting course.

    — Edward, United States
  • Eccellente

    — Giovanni, Italy
  • Very good content, which served to greatly enhance my understanding of how to view and interpret the scriptures.

    — Dale, United States
  • I really enjoyed this course and it helped my understanding of the bible. Thank you for providing.

    — Veasna, United States
  • Difficult but well worth it

    — Donald, United States
  • The lessons are well structured and very easy to follow. I enjoyed it.

    — Michael, United States
  • I have enjoyed taking this course. It has enlightened me quite a bit. Now I have better understanding of scriptures.

    — Juliana, United States
  • Very helpful. I need to keep a copy and re-study if needed.

    — Diana, United States
  • I learned allot from this course, especially the last 5 lessons. I also learned allot concerning Christs influence over all of the scriptures, from the text "Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures", by Dennis E. Johnson.

    — Kim, United States
  • I found this course very helpful and informative.

    — Spyder, United States

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Course Details

  • 11 Lessons
  • 44 Activities
  • 12 Assessments
  • 52 Min Average
  • 19 Hrs Minimum
  • 16.8 CEUs
  • Course Award

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Richard L. Pratt, Jr., ThD

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Third Millennium

Course content is provided courtesy of Third Millennium Ministries.