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0.3 CEU

Hermeneutics - The Adventist Theological Academy

Course Summary

Join Dr. Davidson, Dr. Peckham, Dr. Moskala and Ed Zinke as they explore biblical hermeneutics.

What do I need to know?

Hermeneutics refers to the theory of interpretation and its methods. It resides at the foundation of Christian faith and life because it determines the bases of our faith and how we approach Scripture. Should we approach the Bible with trust or distrust? What is the role of reason in matters of faith? Questions about whether the Bible is the word of God or if it can be trusted stand at the foundation for every other belief. Is scientific knowledge against religion? What principles should guide me when I interpret the Scriptures? How was the Bible organized and put together? What is a worldview and how does it affect my understanding of Scripture? These and other questions are unpacked in the interviews. You will be required to watch a series of videos, and answer quiz questions derived from the content of the videos.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you should have a basic understanding of hermeneutics and its importance to understanding scripture. After completing the quizzes and watching the videos, you will earn .5 continuing education units. For more information please visit:

About the Instructor

Félix H. Cortez is Assistant Professor of New Testament Literature at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He completed a masters in Modern Literature (focusing in Literary Theory and Hermeneutics) at Universidad Iberoamericana (México, 2001) and a doctorate in New Testament Studies at Andrews University (2008). Before coming to Andrews University, Cortez taught in the School of Theology at Universidad de Montemorelos (2007-2013). He has also served as a pastor in Mexico City for 4 years and as a conference youth director for 7 years. He was ordained as a minister in 1996 at Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Cortez is president of the Adventist Theological Society 2012-2014. He chairs the Catholic and Pastoral Epistles Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, and is a member of the steering committee of the Hebrews section. He has been inducted into the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, and is a member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, the review boards of several journals, and is evaluator of research projects for Universidad Adventista del Plata. Cortez contributed study notes for the Andrews Study Bible, the commentary on First Timothy for the forthcoming Andrews One-volume Bible Commentary, and is working on a Commentary on Hebrews. He is also the author of Did you know …?—a devotional book for young people published in Spanish, English, and French. Felix Cortez is married to Alma Alvarez and they have two children, Hadid, and Alma. Cortez enjoys sports, walking, reading, working around the house, and music.


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very instructive and formative lesson

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Really good material!

North American Division
0.3 CEU
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Self-paced course
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