• CBN Online Courses Homepage Header
    • Read the Bible like never before with this free online course

    • Welcome to How to Read the Bible!

    • God said that success comes from reading and understanding His Word. But how do you read a book that contains a library of 66 individual works of literature whose genres include history, poetry, law, prophecy, proverbs, and music?

      That’s why Regent University and CBN have partnered together to provide you with this exclusive free online course, How to Read the Bible. During the course, you can ask questions of Regent’s world-class faculty and message other students, allowing you to take what you are learning and better apply it to your life. Giving you a true academic experience for free!

      All 12 lessons are led by distinguished professors from Regent’s School of Divinity and will reveal to you not only the Bible’s rich literary history but also its original context so you can hear God’s Word as it was meant to be heard.

      This isn’t another devotional or Bible reading plan, this is the opportunity for you to learn from some of the world's best biblical scholars how to read the Bible and discover the wisdom it contains for your life at your own pace.

      Click now to start your free course and discover how to read the Bible.

    • You are embarking on a 12-lesson, self-guided exploration of the Bible with Regent University's distinguished professors. This course will help you navigate the various translations and contexts, clarifying its teachings and relevance. 

    • Before you begin your journey, please consider donating to help us promote this course and reach thousands of people eager to learn and enrich their lives with additional free courses!

    • How to Read the Bible

      Reading the Bible is essential to faith and study. However, the Bible can also be one of the more difficult genres to understand. The difference in time and culture alone poses a challenge to readers in the 21st century. Take this 12 class journey with Dr. Corné J. Bekker, Dean of the School of Divinity.

      TAKE THIS COURSE

    • Our Courses

    • Our courses are a combination of video instruction, course lesson outlines, and quizzes. Each video is under 30 minutes, and you can go through the coursework at your preferred pace.

      Upon course completion, you will receive a certification of completion from Regent University.


Available lessons

Lesson 101: What Is the Bible?
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

The Bible is a sacred book that contains the Word of God. It is a collection of Divinely inspired writings that contains the Old and New Testaments, 66 books in total. The Word of God is the ultimate source of truth; it is eternal, perfect, holy, and authoritative for our worship and life.

Lesson 103: How Do We Approach the Bible?
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

Our approach to the Bible will determine if we truly hear the voice of the Holy Spirit within it. We must be consistently dependent upon the Holy Spirit with faith-filled and expectant hearts!

Lesson 104: Rules to Reading
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

Take a deep dive into our reading approach—from looking at the context and how the characters encountered God to inviting the Holy Spirit into your time in the Word. Get into the nitty-gritty of the text by asking yourself the who, what, why, and where.

Lesson 105: Rules of Interpretation
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

Interpreting the Bible faithfully requires a desire to understand God’s Word and be clearly guided in the interpretive process. This involves having the appropriate beliefs about and attitudes toward the text, using consistent and informed principles for interpretation, seeking understanding through prayer, studying within the context of the church, and relying on trustworthy sources.

Lesson 106: How to Read and Interpret Foundational Texts (Torah)
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

Take a deeper look at the first five books of the Bible, called “the Torah,” and discover why they are foundational for understanding the rest of Scripture. To read these texts better, we must carefully consider their ancient context, biblical context, and confessional context.

Lesson 107: How to Read and Interpret Historical and Prophetic Texts
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

Explore the historical and prophetic books of the Hebrew Scriptures that tell the story of how God kept His covenant with Israel despite their disobedience and the punishments that came from God for that disobedience. To read these texts better, we must carefully consider their ancient context, biblical context, and confessional context.

Lesson 108: How to Read and Interpret Contemplative Texts
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

The contemplative books of the Hebrew Scriptures convey the intellectual and emotional life of ancient Israel as they produced wisdom, love poetry, hymns, and laments, all in “the fear of the Lord.” To read these texts better, we must carefully consider their ancient context, biblical context, and confessional context.

Lesson 109: Reading and Interpreting the Gospels and Acts
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

If you want to study Jesus intensely and get to know Him intimately, then you need to know how to read His words and observe His life in the Gospels. Let’s get started now!

Lesson 110: Reading and Interpreting the Letters of the New Testament
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

The New Testament is a very letter-heavy group of writings, and they provide us with invaluable theological teaching, ethical instruction, encouragement, and insight into the history of the earliest Christian churches. Dive deeper into reading these longer narrative texts that tell us about the Good News of Jesus spreading from Jerusalem to Rome.

Lesson 111: Reading and Interpreting the Book of Revelation
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

The Book of Revelation is a challenging book to understand. This lesson offers guidance and technical approaches to interpret and apply the text accurately with four key questions.

Lesson 112: Cultivating the Discipline of Daily Reading
How to Read the Bible
Auto Enrol

In this lesson, you will learn what it looks like to build the habit and discipline of reading the Bible regularly through prayer, setting goals, choosing where to start, and more. This lesson is packed with practical tips and tricks to help you establish and maintain a consistent time in God’s Word.