BIBL2302 Hermeneutics

I. Course Description

Hermeneutics is the discipline (science & art) of Biblical interpretation. This course will cover introductory themes and processes of Biblical interpretation, and will compare and critique varying approaches and their significance toward understanding the Bible, understanding theology, and knowing God personally.

II. Course Objectives

  1. To understand the basic approaches and development of various hermeneutic methods
  2. To become thoroughly familiar with the exegetical use of the literal historical grammatical hermeneutic process by applying the process to a Biblical passage
  3. To gain a deeper knowledge of and fellowship with our Lord through a proper hermeneutic approach

III. Course Textbooks

1. Christopher Cone, Prolegomena on Biblical Hermeneutics and Method, 2nd Ed., Tyndale Seminary Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-938484-0302 (also available as ebook)

2. Mal Couch, An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics, Kregel, 2000, 978-0825423673

3. Roy Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation, David C. Cook, 1991, 0781438772

4. Robert Thomas, Evangelical Hermeneutics, Kregel, 2003, 978-0825438394

1. Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation, Baker Book House, 1980, 978-0801020834

2. Paul Enns, Moody Handbook of Theology, Moody Press, 2008, 978-0802434340

3. Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics, Mal Couch

IV. Evaluation of Student Performance

  1. Class Attendance – for Campus students, due to the concentrated nature of the lectures, one unexcused class absence will reduce final grade by a letter grade. A 2nd unexcused absence will result in an additional research assignment required for a passing grade. A 3rd unexcused absence will result in a failing grade. Extension and Online students must listen to the recorded lectures in their entirety and must fulfill all other format-specific requirements in order to receive a passing grade.
  2. Reading Assignments and Accountability – Students will complete assigned reading and write a one-page summary highlighting key points of the reading.
  3. Research Assignments – Students will write an exegesis paper, comprised of weekly components and a culminating exposition. Campus students will submit their work weekly. Extension and Online students will submit the work in its entirety at the end of the semester. Campus and Extension students will write roughly 20 pages, while Online students will be expected to write roughly 15 pages.
  4. Course Exams – There are no quizzes or exams for this course.
  5. Online Interaction – Online students will have three weekly online assignments: (1) post weekly reading accountability in their online classroom; (2) post a brief (50-75 words) observation of a key point from that week’s lecture; and (3) post at least two responses either to Professor observations or other students’ postings.
  6. Campus students will submit assignments as directed by the Professor.
    Extension students will submit assignments to on or before the course due date.
    Online Students will submit assignments as directed by the Online Professor.

V. Scoring Rubric

Attendance or Online Participation: 25
Reading Component (Reading & Accountability): 25
Research Component (Papers & Projects): 50
Total Points: 100

Lectures and Course Materials


BIBL2302 Hermeneutics Syllabus Cone.docx
BIBL2302 Hermeneutics Syllabus Cone.pdf



BIBL2302 Hermeneutics Cone Lecture 01.MP3
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