How to Read the Bible

In this How to Read the Bible course, you’ll be introduced to three main genres of the Bible and recognize how the features of each genre guide interpretation.

Takes approximately 8 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Bible, Church, Faith & Everyday Life, Small Group Curriculum, Spiritual Practices, and Thinking Theologically

Course Description

Reading the Bible can feel like a daunting, overwhelming task. But it doesn’t have to be! In this How to Read the Bible course, we aim to make God’s Word more understandable and less intimidating. You’ll be introduced to three main genres of the Bible and recognize how the features of each genre guide interpretation. By learning to apply this knowledge to your Bible reading, your appreciation for its wisdom, beauty, and applicability will grow.

We estimate that this will take you 7.5 hours to complete (but not all in one sitting!).

Meet Your Instructors

John Goldingay

John Goldingay, who came to Fuller in 1997, is now Emeritus Professor of Old Testament and David Allan Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. In Pasadena, he was also priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. He says, “For me, being a professor is a subset of being a pastor.” He was married to Ann for 43 years until she died in 2009. He is now married to Kathleen and they live in Oxford, England, where they enjoy walking along the Thames, sampling gastropubs, reading novels, and watching movies on Netflix.

What is a FULLER Equip course?

The FULLER Equip courses are designed with the goal of providing a comprehensive education in the study of Scripture and its practical applications to life, work, and the advancement of God's kingdom.

These courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of learners around the world, offering a global perspective on the study of Scripture and its relevance to everyday life.

Whether you are looking to deepen your personal understanding of Scripture, or seeking to apply its principles to your professional life or ministry, FULLER Equip courses offer a wide range of resources and tools to help you achieve your goals.

From online lectures and interactive discussions to practical assignments and case studies, these courses are designed to engage learners at all levels and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced student of Scripture, FULLER Equip courses have something to offer everyone.

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About FULLER Equip

FULLER Equip is an extension of Fuller Theological Seminary. It offers non-degree courses, professional certificate programs, training services, and research to help individuals and organizations advance the kingdom of God. FULLER Equip provides courses covering theology, leadership, counseling, and more. Professional certificate programs offer specialized study. Equip also offers training services such as customized workshops and coaching. Lastly, Equip conducts research and engages in strategic partnerships to innovate Christian ministry and service.

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