Preaching OT & NT Prophecy

Mark A. Hassler & R. Bruce Compton

February 14–18, 2022

This course prepares students to preach the prophetic literature of the Old and New Testaments. We will perform biblical exegesis using a methodology designed to arrive at the authorial intent by observing the grammatical forms, syntactical structures, literary techniques, semantic ranges, and background data (e.g., history, geography, and culture). Students will consider how one’s hermeneutical commitments and approaches to genre, authorship, and dating coincide with various theological models. We will assess proposed hermeneutical principles and introduce heuristics for discovering the meaning of difficult passages. Students will observe how the prophets and apostles handled Scripture and discuss whether Christians should emulate their interpretive practices. They will learn how to package their exegetical findings in a cohesive, coherent, and engaging expository sermon.

As a result of reading, research, writing, presentation, peer review, and class discussion, students will be able to 1) exegete prophetic excerpts from both Testaments with increased skill; 2) articulate trends, tensions, and methods in prophetic studies; 3) evaluate hermeneutical principles that pertain to the interpretation of biblical prophecy; 4) correlate interpretive conclusions with biblical and systematic theology; and 5) convince fellow Christians that predictive prophecy plays an important role in the church create engaging sermons derived from the exegetical study of prophetic texts. 

4 credit hours.

hermeneutics seminary professorDr. Mark Hassler is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Dr. Hassler also serves as director of publications and field archaeologist for the Shiloh excavations in Israel. Before joining the VBTS faculty, Dr. Hassler served as faculty associate in Old Testament studies at The Master’s Seminary. He is the general editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin (NEASB), a peer-reviewed journal established in 1958. Dr. Hassler earned his academic degrees at Montana Bible College (BA) and The Master's Seminary (PhD, ThM, and MDiv). Read more....

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Dr. Bruce Compton is Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1984. Ordained by Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI, Dr. Compton has served as an interim pastor/speaker for several churches in southeast Michigan. Dr. Compton has also served as the assistant professor of Biblical Languages at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has served as an active duty pilot with the US Air Force and as a military chaplain for the Air National Guard. Dr. Compton received his academic degrees from UCLA (BA), Denver Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM), and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN (ThD). 

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