Interpreting the Bible

Gerry Wheaton
Instructor: Gerry Wheaton
Code: NT/OT517
Section: CA
Mode: Digital Live
Location: Charlotte, Online
Schedule: Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm
Dates: 05/29, 06/19, 07/17
Prerequisites: OT500 & NT501


The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge of the historical, cultural, and theological horizons of Scripture and the skills in interpretation necessary to gain insight into the message of God’s Word for their community, today.


This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:

  • To encourage students to become knowledgeable of God’s inerrant Word, competent in its interpretation, proclamation and application in the contemporaryworld.[Article 1]
  • To maintain academic excellence in the highest tradition of Christian scholarship in the teaching of the biblical, historical and theological disciplines.[Article 2]
  • To train and encourage students, in cooperation with the Church, to become skilled in ministry.[Article 3]


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the most salient genres and aspects of historical knowledge for the study of Scripture;
  2. Select and efficiently use the most appropriate reference works to answer a specific question in the study of a passage of Scripture;
  3. Analyze a passage of Scripture by pulling together course knowledge and write a brief summary of the main interpretive issues as well as the student’s conclusions;
  4. Formulate insights into the application of a passage of Scripture for the contemporary Church.


Mode: Digital Live

This monthly Digital Live course will be conducted from the campus and via Zoom with a monthly schedule aligned with GCTS’ academic calendar. Students should plan to interact weekly with the reading, recorded lectures, and other assignments that promote active learning. Tests are given prior to live meetings to ensure student readiness for class meetings.


You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to take this course (for credit or personal enrichment). Learn More »