Biblical Interpretation -- Credit Requirements
Welcome to SunsetOnline.org, and to the study of Biblical Interpretation! You have made an excellent decision in choosing this course of study; may you be richly blessed as you take the course.
The enrollment duration for this course is 120 days (approximately 4 months). This means you will have full access to this course for 120 days from the time you enrolled, and must complete all requirements within that time in order to pass the course. After 120 days, your enrollment will expire and you will no longer have access to the course.
To receive credit from Sunset International Bible Institute, you must complete and turn in all of the following requirements by the Final Exam. Failure to meet all requirements could result in not passing the course.
This course is divided into lessons, each of which is offered in two formats: streaming video or streaming audio. You may choose the format that best suits the speed and quality of your internet connection.
Watch or listen to each of the lessons attentively as you go through the course. The video/audio of each lesson is presented side-by-side with a study outline, which you can scroll through and read as you follow along with the instructor.
Before each exam, you will verify -- in a short activity called a Progress Check -- that you have watched or listened to the lessons up to that point in the course. Each Progress Check must be completed with a "Yes" answer in order to pass this course and receive SIBI credit.
Three books are required reading for this course. Each of these books must be read in their entirety:
- How to Understand the Bible by W. Robert Palmer (available in the bookstore)
- The Cultural Church by F. LaGard Smith (available in the bookstore)
- Biblical Interpretation by Charles Speer (available in the bookstore)
In addition to reading each book, you must also complete and turn in a two-page evaluation of each one. These evaluations will be due before the Final Exam.
Throughout the course, you should be working on memorizing the assigned passages of scripture below. You will need to arrange with a friend or relative to be your memory work checker. You must either quote aloud or write from memory each passage listed below, and your memory work checker will check to make sure you accurately memorized each passage.
Please be diligent in doing your memory work. All memory work must be completed to pass this course.
- Due before the mid-term exam (16 verses):
- Luke 1:2-3
- 1 John 5:13
- 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Hebrews 1:1-2
- 2 Peter 1:19-21
- John 5:39-40
- John 8:31-32
- Due by the final exam (20 verses):
- Matthew 28:18-20
- Isaiah 1:18-20
- Deuteronomy 4:2
- Deuteronomy 12:32
- Deuteronomy 29:29
- Acts 2:38
- Proverbs 30:6
- John 12:48
- John 14:15
- John 15:10
- 2 Thessalonians 2:14
- Revelation 22:18-19
- Romans 15:4-6
Write a commentary on the book of Jude, using what you have learned in this course. This must be written in your own words, not from other people's work (other commentaries, etc). You should write at least half a page about each verse. Your commentary should be at least 12 pages long and is due before the Final Exam.
There will be two major exams to complete for this course. The mid-term exam is to be done at the end of lesson 6 and the final will be done at the end of the study, after lesson 12. All assignments must be finished by the time of your final exam.
All exams are "closed book" and "closed notes," meaning you are to take the exam without consulting any course textbooks, course study guides, Bibles, notes you have taken, or any other resource (including the lesson pages or any other pages on the internet). In short, the exams are to be taken from memory.
Each exam must be passed with a 70% or better to pass this course. If you get a score lower than 70% on an exam, you will be allowed one re-take of the exam. You should contact SunsetOnline staff to ensure that a re-take will be arranged for you (you will not be able to re-take the exam right away). The maximum grade on a re-take is a 70%, meaning that if you score higher than 70% (and we hope you do), your score will still be recorded as a 70%. A score lower than 70% on a re-take exam will result in not passing the course.
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