Seeking a Biblical Hermeneutic

Books and courses on interpreting the Bible abound in our day. What makes this course unique?

Answer: Our instructor is the Scripture itself.

In this course, you will learn how to read the Bible as the Bible itself demands to be read. In other words, this course will teach you to derive your hermeneutic of the Bible from the Bible, discovering the interpretive principles that the Bible itself sets forth—all that we might know God’s glory in Christ more as we allow the Word of God to be both our teacher and our textbook.
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My prayer is that God would use this course to bring more and more people into the sway of Scripture’s own way of reading Scripture.
Pastor John Piper

An online, interactive course

Our core courses, called “Path Courses,” are designed to lead you deeper in your study of Scripture through academic rigor and a heart of worship. We have laid out fifteen different courses along the entire spectrum of Bible study training so that there might be something for everyone—both new believers and veteran pastors, stay-at-home moms and missionaries. These courses are conveniently online and include personal coaching, feedback on assignments, big rewards, and more. All of this to help you persevere to the end and truly learn to study the scriptures in greater depth. Our classroom also covers the globe, giving you the opportunity to participate in a truly unique form of fellowship. Finally, path courses are built to equip you to use Biblearc’s extensive Bible study toolbox so you can go on to discover new biblical glories for yourself.



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This course is composed of ten lessons. Each lesson contains interactive questions throughout and ends with an assignment. A single lesson will take the average student three to four hours to complete. Students are invited to progress at their own pace, but we encourage you to make a plan for steady progress and to stick to that plan. Your coach will inquire as to your intended pace shortly after you begin and help keep you accountable to stay on schedule.


Path courses all end with an assessment to determine your grasp of the skills learned and material covered. Successfully passing an assessment requires a high degree of understanding and is meant to serve as a motivation to take your study seriously as well as a catalyst to improve the standard of Bible study in the Biblearc community.
Students who successfully complete the course and pass the assessment will earn the Biblearc’s Interpretation Certificate (see sample). They will also earn exciting rewards.
If you do not pass an assessment, you may retry after one week’s time.


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It is no secret that I love BibleArc. Among the many reasons, one is the radical devotion to doing all things according to the Bible. That includes even doing biblical interpretation according to the Bible. That conviction is behind the course, Interpretation: Seeking a Biblical Hermeneutic. My prayer is that God would use this course to bring more and more people into the sway of Scripture’s own way of reading Scripture.
-Pastor John Piper
Biblearc is offering to help you look at the Book. Carefully interpreting the Bible is thrilling because it helps you know and worship God. And only God satisfies. You most glorify God when he most satisfies you. He’s better than sex and shopping and new iPhones and hot pizza and chocolate and money and power and anything else your heart may crave. God reigns, saves, and satisfies through covenant for his glory in Christ. That is what you get to see from so many angles when you look at the Book. And when you understand the Bible better, the praise gets richer.
Dr. Andy Naselli
Taking time to focus on the fundamentals of biblical interpretation is like taking time to sharpen your axe. A sharpened axe is much more effective at chopping wood. Sharpened biblical exegetes are more faithful and efficient in their understanding and teaching of Scripture. This new Biblearc course on biblical interpretation is a great way to sharpen your hermeneutical skill.
– Dr. Robert L. Plummer

A Note on Scripture Citations

When the course quotes from Scripture, it is quoting from the ESV unless otherwise noted. For more information on the ESV, visit


If you are accessing this course via a church or ministry website and not directly at, then this course is restricted to members or regular attenders of the local church or organization associated with this site. If you are interested in taking this course outside of this capacity, you may enroll through Biblearc.
Biblearc owns all permissions of this course. However, understand that you may be viewing a modified version, personalized for your church or organization. You can find the original course here.

This course is currently available in English only.

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