This course introduces students to the practices of interpreting the bible historically, linguistically, culturally, and theologically. Students learn how to do research in the field of biblical studies as well as common practices of exegesis (e.g. comparing and contrasting various translations, exploring the semantic ranges of words and grammatical constructions, formulating critical questions, exploring literary and socio-historical context). Attention is also given to the interpretation of the Bible by people of faith historically and today. This course is designed as a companion course to BBST 501/502 (Biblical Literature 1 and 2), as well as CHST 502 (Church History 1).