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Rightly Dividing the Word

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Course Description

This course is a study of the methodology of Scriptural interpretation with special emphasis on the role of context in the study and interpretation of Biblical content.

  • CIMS Credit: 2
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Biblical
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English
The Bible may be referred to as the ultimate guidebook. It offers guidance in virtually every area of life. Whether one is interested in marriage and home, career and business, personal development and individual relationships, or spiritual living and eternal destiny, the Bible presents a clear path for one to follow. Through its teachings, proverbs, and anecdotes, one can find wisdom
for the journey and models for successful living.

Rightly Dividing the Word deals with the importance of discovering the spiritual truths set forth in Scripture and applying them to one’s daily life. Just as important as reading the Bible, is the skill of properly interpreting its meaning. Through word studies and various methodologies, Rightly Dividing the Word guides the reader in ways to understand the true meaning of various Biblical passages. It also emphasizes the authority of the Word and the believer’s need to treat it with respect.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Discuss the authority, integrity, and relevance of the Bible to today’s society.
  2. Define Biblical hermeneutics, as well as describe the methodology of Scriptural interpretation.
  3. Utilize contextual interpretation of Biblical content, as well as lexical-syntactical analysis.
  4. Identify and describe prophetic reinterpretations and New Testament interpretations of the Old Testament.
  5. Identify the special literary methods found in the Bible.
  6. Know how to read the Bible from within our traditions.
  7. Discuss how Pentecostals read the Bible theologically.
  1. The Authority of the Bible
  2. Introduction to Bible Hermeneutics: Part 1
  3. Introduction to Bible Hermeneutics: Part 2
  4. The History of Biblical Interpretation
  5. Examples of Prophetic Reinterpretations
  6. New Testament Interpretations of the Old Testament
  7. Premodern Through Postmodern Interpretation
  8. Step-by-Step Interpretation of Scripture
  9. Inductive Bible Study: Part 1
  10. Inductive Bible Study: Part 2
  11. Communication
  12. Special Literary Methods: Part 1
  13. Special Literary Methods: Part 1 (Continued)
  14. Special Literary Methods: Part 1, Part 2
  15. Lexical-Syntactical Analysis: Part 1
  16. Lexical-Syntactical Analysis: Part 2
  17. Lexical-Syntactical Analysis: Part 3
  18. Lexical-Syntactical Analysis: Part 4
  19. Contextual Analysis: The Legitimacy and the Pitfalls of Historical-Cultural Investigation
  20. The Ideological World of the Bible: Judaism
  21. The Ideological World of the Bible: The Bible and Other Cultures
  22. Historical-Cultural and Contextual Analysis: 1 Corinthians
  23. Theology and Hermeneutics: The Issue of Inspiration
  24. Theological Interpretation in Context: Reading the Bible From Within Our Traditions
  25. Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Part 1
  26. Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Part 2
  27. The Integrity of the Bible
  28. The Pertinence of the Bible

Video Lesson 1: The Authority of the Bible

Your Instructors

Dr. Lee Roy Martin

Homer G. Rhea

Dr. William Simmons

Dr. Robby Waddell

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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