Hermeneutical Systems

Thomas K. Dailey

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: a) students will present what they view as the essentials to dispensational systems; b) 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. 3 credit hours.

Dr. Thomas Dailey is the Professor of New Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He has served at VBTS since 1999 in various roles as the Instructor of New Testament, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology and Exegesis, and Associate Professor of New Testament. He received his MDiv from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, his ThM from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Clark Summit University.  Read more....

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

The textbooks below were required the last time this course was delivered. They are subject to change for the next delivery of this course.