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Course Syllabus / PHIL7301 Hermeneutics in Transformative Literature

 

Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D

Research Professor of Transformative Learning and Leadership

ccone@agathonedu.com (availability on request)

 

Paul Miles, D.Min

Professor of Transformative Learning and Leadership

pmiles@vyrsity.com (availability on request)

 

VYRSITY PROFESSORS’ BIO

 

Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D, serves as President and CEO of AgathonEDU Educational Group and leads Vyrsity and Colorado Biblical University. Cone has served as a President (Calvary University, Tyndale Theological Seminary), a Chief Academic Officer (Southern California Seminary), and as a Research Professor (Vyrsity, Colorado Biblical University, Calvary University, Southern California Seminary). He has served in several pastoral roles and has also held teaching positions at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Southern Bible Institute. His articles are published at www.drcone.com, and he is the author and general editor of more than fifteen books.

Paul Miles, D.Min, is an immigrant to Ukraine. He and his wife, Lena, founded Grace Abroad Ministries in 2016 to promote Biblically-sound translation, teaching, and outreach. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Russian from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s degree in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Studies, and a D.Min in Bible and Theology from Tyndale Theological Seminary. He is a member of IFCA International and the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. Paul is a founding member of the Creation Theology Society and the International Society for Biblical Hermeneutics. He has served as the lead editor for the book, What is Dispensationalism? and the book, Current Issues in Soteriology (you can download an electronic version at the International Society for Biblical Hermeneutics website, www.BiblicalHermeneutics.org).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

PHIL7301 Hermeneutics in Transformative Literature is an advanced analysis of hermeneutic concepts and implications in Biblical literature and transformative applications.

 

COURSE SUMMARY

 This course explores internal hermeneutic principles and models demonstrated and prescribed within the transformative literature that is the Bible. Hermeneutics derived in this way provides foundational tools for understanding worldview and recognizing principles of transformative learning and leadership.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

  1. To be able to determine, through exegetical analysis, the hermeneutic principles and methods applied within the Biblical writings themselves
  2. To be able to classify, through comparative synthesis, distinctives of each hermeneutic model considered
  3. To be able to differentiate hermeneutic factors in assessing outcomes and employing practical applications

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. To equip Learners, as experienced educators and leaders, for individual, organizational, and system-level transformative leadership.
  2. To enhance Learners’ focus on the Biblical worldview-based theory, practice, and assessment.
  3. To prepare Learners for various special, diverse, innovative learning and leadership contexts.
  4. To produce Learners’ aptitude for multidimensional analysis, critical thought, and the synthesizing of transformative learning and leadership principles.

Vyrsity Learning Outcomes (VLOs)

  1. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
  2. Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
  3. Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their area of learning, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
  4. Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
  5. Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective and will understand the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.

 

COURSE READING

Required Texts:

  • All Vyrsity courses use the Bible as a primary textbook. Translations used for coursework include any of the following: NASB, ESV, KJV, and NKJV. Other translations/versions may be used for complementary study and research.
  • Abner Chou, The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers (Kregel, 2018) ISBN: 978-08254443244, $23.99
  • Christopher Cone, Prolegomena on Biblical Hermeneutics and Method, 2nd (Tyndale Seminary Press, 2016) ISBN: 978-1938484032, $21
  • Christopher Cone, A Concise Bible Survey (Exegetica, 2012) ISBN: 978-0-976593027, $7 (electronic, here: https://exegeticapublishing.com/downloads/a-concise-bible-survey-by-christopher-cone-ebook-pdf/)
  • Christopher Cone and John Oglesby, The Green Tree and the Roots of Biblical Faith and Practice (Exegetica, 2021) ISBN: 978-1602650800, $29
  • Jean Grondin, Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics, (Yale University Press, 1997) ISBN: 978-0300070897, $25
  • Milton Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise on the Interpretation of the Old and New Testaments, (Hunt and Eaton,1890), Electronic
  • William Webb, Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis (IVP, 2001) ISBN: 978-0830815616, $28

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1 – Hermeneutics and Transformative Literature

            Pre-Reading:

  • Cone and Oglesby, Chapters 1-6
  • Cone, Concise Bible Survey, 1-253

Module 2 – Hermeneutics in the Torah

Pre-Reading:

  • Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  • Cone and Oglesby, Chapters 7-12

Module 3 – Hermeneutics in Historical Literature

Pre-Reading:

  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
  • Grondin, Chapters I-VIII

Module 4 – Hermeneutics in the Wisdom Literature

Pre-Reading:

  • Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
  • Webb, Chapters 1-8

Module 5 – Hermeneutics in the Prophetic Literature

Pre-Reading:

  • Obadiah, Joel, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Module 6 – Hermeneutics in the Gospels and Acts

            Pre-Reading:

  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
  • Chou, Chapters 1-4

Module 7 – Hermeneutics in Pauline Literature 

Pre-Reading:

  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy
  • Chou, Chapters 5-8

Module 8 – Hermeneutics in the General Epistles

Pre-Reading:

  • James, Hebrews, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, 1,2,3 John
  • Terry, Intro Chapters I-IV

Module 9 – Hermeneutics in Revelation

Pre-Reading:

  • Revelation
  • Cone, Prolegomena, 1-152

Module 10 – Implications of Hermeneutic Competency

Pre-Reading:

  • Cone, Prolegomena, 153-342

 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING RUBRIC (1000 Points)

 

  1. Module Assessment (25 points each x 10) 250 Points (Video Presentations)
    1. CLO 3 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
    2. Instructions: Learners will submit a 10-15 minute video presentation summarizing the content of each module (10 total videos)

 

  1. Course Content Assessment             250 Points (Short Essay Exam)
    1. CLO 2 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 3,5
    2. Instructions: Learners will choose any 5 essay topics of the 10 provided and answer the essay question in roughly 1000 words.

 

  1. Reading Content Assessment             250 Points (Reviews and Critiques)
    1. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
    2. Instructions: Learners will write a 1000-1500 word review and critique on each individual assigned reading (20 total readings). Learners should summarize the material and offer some critique or poignant analysis.

 

  1. Competency Assessment 250 points
    1. CLO 3 / PLO 1,2 / VLO 4,5
    2. Instructions: Learners will select and complete any 1 of the 3 competency assignments. Specifics of the assessment must be preapproved by the mentoring professor:
      1. Practical Engagement Component – a practical social engagement of 3-6 hours applying principles covered in the course, and a 2000-word report discussing: (1) Introduction of the Engagement, (2) Methodology, (3) Summary of What Happened, and (4) Benefits and Implications
      2. Journal Article Component – a journal article quality paper of 8000-10000 words on an approved topic related to the course material, to be submitted to a relevant academic journal (Style determined by the journal of submittal).
  • Teaching Encounter Component – preparing, delivering, recording, and submitting a 60-90 minute teaching to a live audience on an approved topic related to the course material

 

GRADING SCALE

91-100%          A

81-90%            B

71-80%            C

61-70%            D

0-60%              F

 

Carnegie Unit Credit Hour Equivalent

 

Total Hours of Module Content:                    20 hours

Total Hours of Reading Content:                    60 hours

Total Hours of Minor Assessments:               20 hours

Total Hours of Major Assessment:                 20 hours

Total Hours of Competency Assessment:       40 hours

Equivalent of 3 Credit Hour (160 hours of total course time)