Bible Interpretation (Hermeneutics)

Bible Interpretation (Hermeneutics)

Here are some details of another of the modules which we are running this autumn.

Scripture encourages us to

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

(2 Timothy 2:15)

That verse teaches us of the need to rightly handle the word of God; meaning, of course, that it is possible and easy to wrongly handle Scripture. There are basic principles of interpretation that will help keep us from mishandling and misapplying the truths of God’s word, and this foundational, year-long, course will give you the tools and skills you need to be a worker who has no need to be ashamed.

Over 30 Tuesday evenings between the end of September and next June, EBC’s Principal, experienced preacher and teacher John Brand, will guide you through the steps in interpreting Scripture – laying the foundation, observation, interpretation and application and how to see Christ in all of Scripture.

Held over zoom, you don’t even need to leave home to benefit from this course! And because all sessions are recorded, if the live teaching time doesn’t suit you, registered students can access and watch them at a convenient time of their own choosing.

There are two ways to get involved:

  • You can audit the course – simply taking part, enjoying the teaching and online fellowship, and benefitting from lots of notes and materials
  • you can submit assessments – completing assignments for marking and gaining EBC study credits

The course starts on Monday 26th September 2023 and runs from 7.00 – 9.00pm each Tuesday evening during College term time. Specific dates will be provided.

The cost is:

  • auditing option: £150 per term (10 sessions @ £15 per night); £400 for the whole year if paid in advance
  • assessments option: £200 per term (10 sessions @ £20 per night); £550 for the whole year if paid in advance

Please note that fees must be paid at least one term in advance. Registration is essential and can be done here.

If you have any questions or want more information, please email

You can download a Module Description: here

Course Tutor:

John Brand was born to missionary parents in India and trusted Christ for salvation while at boarding school there at the age of 11.  He later trained at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, and then, for 12 years, pastored two Independent Evangelical churches, one in the inner city of London and then one in Liverpool, during some of which time he also served on the UK Council of Africa Inland Mission International (AIM). In 1993 he took on the role of AIM’s Director for Scotland, becoming Director for UK and Europe in 1999. During his 8 years in this position he exercised a Bible teaching ministry throughout UK and Europe and made regular visits to many of AIM’s fields of service in Africa where he was involved in ministering to missionaries and nationals. After some years on the staff of The Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh, John, in partnership with several church leaders, established Edinburgh Bible College. Married to Caroline and with two grown up sons and two grand-daughters, John contributes book reviews and articles to Christian publications, and is author of three books – A Concise Chronology of the Bible, The Bible as it Happened and Mission Matters, which has also been published in Romanian. John recently stood down as Pastor of Grace Community Church in Broxburn and in the little spare time he has he enjoys reading, walking and family history research.


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