Hermeneutical Systems

Thomas K. Dailey

Spring 2020

Thursdays 9:30a–12:45p

Hermeneutical Systems examines the foundational principles that distinguish dispensational and nondispensational hermeneutics. The identification of these foundational principles enables students: 1) to answer the question of why systems of theological thought diverge from each other hermeneutically, 2) to (cautiously) anticipate how a theological system will proceed on an unforeseen topic in light of its adherence to these principles, and 3) to conduct a theological self-critique by analyzing the impact these principles have on each student’s presuppositions. The Course is taught from a dispensational perspective and will focus on how hermeneutical principles from various nondispensational systems interact (or conflict) with dispensational systems. 

The following are the learning outcomes for this course:
1) Students will present what they view as the essentials to dispensational systems;
2) Students will identify the foundational hermeneutical principles that separate dispensational from non dispensational systems; and
3) Students will review secondary discussions that are (rightly or wrongly) associated with dispensationalism in order to sharpen such associations or abandon them altogether.

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Course Requirements

  • 20% - Reading Report (1000 pages)
  • 30% - Reading Packets (12 topics)
  • 50% - Quiz Responses (4 @ 3 pages each)