8:00-9:15 TTH FA 13
Spring, 2010 Instructor: Carl Johnson
Office: 461-8741 Ext. 138

(Office Hours are Monday afternoon or by Appointment)


Arlington Baptist College endeavors to prepare men and women for Christian life and ministries, both lay and professional, through studies in Bible, general education, church vocations, and practical service, interpreting faith and learning in the context of a Christian worldview.


An introduction to the general and special principles of Biblical interpretation. The importance, history, and methods of interpretation will be investigated. This is a junior level course.


Virkler, Henry A., Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation. 2nd edition Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1981.

The Holy Bible (KJV only)

For this course we will:
1. Provide a syllabus listing the requirements for successfully completing this course.
2. Stress respect for the Word of God and a desire to promote its diligent study.
3. Expose you, the student, to a variety of hermeneutic principles and approaches necessary for sound Biblical exegesis.
4. Explain the historical development and abuses of hermeneutics.
5. Provide assignments that will help you to develop skills in the use of valid principles of Biblical hermeneutics in interpreting Scripture.
6. Develop in you a personal confidence that it is possible to arrive at an interpretation consistent with the intention of the Divine author.
7. Encourage you to practically utilize the principles presented in this class to analyze Scripture passages to determine God’s intent for writing them.
8. Develop your ability to discuss with others the interpretation of Scripture, and to defend or refute the manner in which an interpretation is made.
9. Train you to practice exegesis rather than eisegesis.
10. Provide prompt and regular feedback with regard to submitted assignments.
11. Provide opportunities for testing over the required materials.

To successfully compete this course, you will:
1. Learn the historical development of hermeneutics, the key participants in its development, issues crucial to developing a sound hermeneutic, and some of its unique vocabulary.
2. Apply the principles presented in class and class readings to accurately interpret the Scriptures, and/or answer possible real life situations, students will answer a short number of assigned questions from most of the chapters prior to the chapter discussions and submit them on the assigned date in typed form at the beginning of the class.
3. Be prompt in the submittion of assignments and employ the proper format as explained in class.
4. Complete a supervised Midterm and Final exams over the hermeneutical and exegetical concepts presented in class.


At the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. outline various hermeneutic approaches and principles.
2. define terms commonly used when discussing hermeneutics.
3. identify people who have had a key role in the development of Biblical hermeneutics.
4. identify issues that are crucial to the development of sound hermeneutics.
5. determine the interpretation of various passages of Scripture using the hermeneutic
principles presented in class.
6. defend their interpretation as being consistent with the intention of its Divine author.
7. recognize fallacies in Scripture interpretations.
8. explain why exegesis is hermeneutically valid while eisegesis is not.
9. answer questions provided by your instructor regarding each chapter.


1. ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS: Students are to answer the assignment questions as provided in class prior to the chapter discussions. These questions, organized by chapter, will be handed out during the first week of classes and provide a starting pont for class discussion of the materials.

2. SELECTED EXERCISES: Students are to complete selected exercises contained in your text for chapters 3-8. Responces are to be typed and answers are to reflect an application of the principles presented in the chapters covered to date.

3. EXEGETICAL PAPER: Students are to complete an 8-10 page, typed, double-spaced paper which demonstrated their ability to apply the principles learned in this course to a selected passage of Scripture. The passage will be taken through the four major categories of investigation (historical, grammatical, theological, practical) and conform to the specific instructions provided in class. All used references must be cited. A problem passage should be selected and approved no later than March 30.

4. EXAMS: Midterm and final exams are to be taken at the times indicated in your course schedule. Questions will be taken from the questions and exercises included in the Course Questions for the first half and second half of the semester respectfully. Students may also be asked to respond to one or more of the Brain Teaser Questions assigned or discussed in class.


The grading scale will be that of the current College Catalog.(See Gen. Information, Grading/Testing)
The following percentages will be used in computing final grades.

Assigned Questions and class discussion 20%
Selected Exercises 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Final Prject 20%
TOTAL 100%


Since 20% of the course grade is related to the timely submission of assigned questions and participation in class discussion, prompt attendance is essential to peak performance. Late assignments will be graded down one letter grade for each day they are late. If a student misses more than eight classes, he will receive a failing grade in keeping with catelog policy. Tardies count as ½ absences. (Note: Assignments are one day late if not submitted at the beginning of class.)

(Questions over the assigned readings will be discussed, key concepts and vocabulary will be identified, and problems will be discussed in a seminar like format. Students should come prepared to participate and contribute to the discussin of the designated materials. Come prepared to defend your positions!)

JAN 12 Course Syllabus & Introduction

14 Virkler – 15-20

19 Virkler – 20-25
21 Virkler – 26-30

26 Virkler – 30-35
28 Virkler – 35-38

FEB 2 Virkler – 38-41
4 Virkler – 43-48

9 Virkler – 48-52 / Discuss Exercises 2 and 4
11 Virkler – 52-65

16 Virkler – 65-77
18 Virkler – 79-90 / Discuss Exercises 6, 12, 13, and 15

23 Hosting of TAPPS – No Class
25 Virkler – 97-110 / Complete BT discussion

MAR 2 Virkler – 110-120 / Be prepared to discuss Execises 22, 25, 29, 30, 34.
4 Midterm Exam (Virkler - Chapters 1-4)

8 – 12 Spring Break

16 Virkler – 121-125
18 Virkler – 126-132

23 Virkler – 132-142
25 Virkler – 142-146 Discuss Exercises 37-47. (Pick 4)

30 Virkler – 147-154
APR 1 Virkler – 154-164 / Figures of Speech handout.

6 Virkler – Discuss Exercises 51, 54, 58, + your choice
8 Virkler – 167-175

13 Virkler – 176-183
15 Virkler – 183-191 – Discuss Exercises 60-74 (Pick 4)

20 Virkler – 193-201
22 Virkler – 201-216 – Discuss Exercises 75-99 (Pick 4)

27 Virkler – 217-228
29 Final Review

Final Exams – May 3-7 May Fellowship – May 10-13