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Online Course: Introduction to Phrasing | Tracing the Argument of 1 Peter

May 25th – July 13th

1024px-Sea-of-Galilee-1900New course! This course serves to introduce Biblearc’s Phrasing module by walking through the text of 1 Peter. Students will learn all of the facets of phrasing and draw theological insights from 1 Peter. Phrasing is an excellent tool for determining a biblical author’s main point and how he supports it. The course is designed for everyone from pastors to interested lay-people. Our study will also include insights from commentaries and the Greek text. (Knowledge of Greek not required.)


Basic enrollment $109 ($99 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment $169 ($159 with early enrollment)  recommended

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Interactive lectures A two-hour, recorded lecture will be released each Monday. You may watch this lecture at your convenience. Discussion groups (see below) will be invited to present their work and interact in the recording of two course lectures via online video chat. Lecture recording times will be scheduled with the discussion groups during the first week of the course.

Discussion enrollment In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students. Discussion groups will also be invited to participate in the lectures (see above).

Group time options Tues at 9pm | Wed at 9am | Wed at 9pm
(All times are in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

Assignments This course includes a weekly assignment which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week. In addition, assignments will include optional advanced tasks and questions for your consideration. The course assignments will cover the entire book of 1 Peter.

Course length This is a 8-week course.

Prerequisites None.

JD HettemaInstructor JD Hettema is in the M.Div program at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. He is originally from the Los Angeles area, but he and his wife Lauren (and now baby, Audrey) have lived in Minneapolis for the past three years. JD has also taught Greek I and II for The Bethlehem Institute.

Grading While participants will receive lots of feedback on course assignments, there will be no official grading of this course.

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Additional information: What is Phrasing | Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

16 comments for “Online Course: Introduction to Phrasing | Tracing the Argument of 1 Peter

  1. Les Carpenito
    April 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    The description states, “you may watch this lecture at your convenience.” Is there a definitive time frame that these videos would no longer be accessible to the enrollees?

    • April 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      The lectures will be indefinitely available to enrollees. There is no cut-off time.

  2. Antonio
    May 5, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    I was wondering if there was any chance we could have a group meet around 7 or 8 PM CST instead of 9 PM. Just asking…


    • May 5, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      Once we are closer to the start time, if there are a number of people wanting to shift one of the group times, and this works for JD, then we will be happy to do so. We are unable to promise you anything at this point, however.

  3. Kathie Paris
    May 7, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Are the assignments due only from the discussion groups? If I can’t watch the video until the weekend, I would not have enough time to complete the assigmment. Thanks!

    • May 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      The assignments are relevant for both Basic and Discussion enrollment types. If you get your assignment in on time, then JD will get you feedback before the next lecture is released. If you turn it in late but still before the end of the course, it will be corrected, but may take a few days.

  4. Rich
    May 8, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Obviously the more time we can give the better, but roughly how long would you recommend spending (or have you found that people spend) on each assignment a week on top of the 2 hour lecture?

    • May 8, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      From JD: I would estimate 2 hours per assignment. It is difficult to gauge because it will differ from student-to-student. If they put two solid hours into each assignment I think they will get what they need.

  5. J.J. Seid
    May 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I would also be interested in another group discussion time. Something prior to 5:00pm besides the Wednesday at 9:00am option, as I have a staff meeting at that time I can’t shift.

    I understand it would be difficult to add another time, not to mention accommodate all our unique requests, so no worries if not. Just throwing my request in there. :)

    • May 9, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      Your request will be passed on to JD to consider.

  6. Rich Gibson
    May 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    1. If the lecture is released on Monday and the discussion group is Tuesday it appears as if there is only one day to complete the assignment. Is that accurate?
    2. If one has never taken phrasing or arcing, which would be the one to take first?
    Thank you!-RG

    • May 14, 2015 at 2:51 AM

      While working on the assignment before the discussion group is certainly recommended, you will definitely not be required to finish the weekly assignment before this time. Rather, you have the entire week to complete your phrase. As for phrasing or arcing for a person that has yet to take either, phrasing is a bit simpler to grasp as a method and so may be preferred to start with.

  7. Darcy
    May 20, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    A couple of questions. I am currently in Niger West Africa on a mission assignment with a very poor internet connection.
    1. Due to internet issues, can the viewing of the lectures be stretched out over a longer period of time? I realize this may compromise the feed back from the assignments but that may not be possible at this time.
    2. Will the course be available at a later time? I am currently in a location with poor internet for another 2 months but do not want to miss an opportunity to learn Phrasing if possible. Or is it best to register now and have access to the lectures as much as possible?

    Appreciate any insight.
    I should mention that I will only be able to do the basic enrollment.

    Thanks for a great tool.


    • Sarah Hubert
      May 21, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Hello Darcy,

      Thank you for your questions.
      1. Lectures from the course are available to students indefinitely once they are released. Therefore if you find that you are not able to view them while in Niger, they will all be there at your disposal once you return home. If you need to adjust how you do/do not do assignments, you can discuss that directly with the instructor.
      2. I’m sorry to say that at this point we do not know if the course will be offered again.

      I hope these answers help you make your decision. May the rest of your time in Niger be blessed.

      Sarah Hubert

  8. Darcy
    May 22, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    I have tried to register for this course online. The internet connection here in Niger is bad so I’m not sure if the Checkout procedure failed because of the connection or if my credit card was declined for another reason. Today is the last day to register. How can I find out if I am actually registered? Can I register by phone perhaps? Can you provide a phone number?

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