Dr. J Carl Laney


After graduating from the University of Oregon (B. S. in Public Administration), I enrolled at Western Seminary where I earned my Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theology (Th.M) degrees. From Western, I went to Dallas Theological Seminary where I earned my Doctorate of Theology (Th.D).

Since 1977, I have been a Bible teacher at Western Seminary in Portland and have also served as interim-pastor in a dozen different churches including a Bayview Baptist church on the island of Guam.

I have been privileged to author a number of books, many of which are out of print, but can still be found on or in used book stores. My articles have been published in theological journals and Christian magazines. Spending many summers in Israel studying, teaching and participating in archaeological excavations, I enjoy teaching the Bible classes and specialize in courses dealing with the historical, geographical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible.

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1. How to Get the Most from Your Bible Study (35:58) | Outline | Slide Notes


There is a considerable difference between reading and studying the Bible. In this introductory lecture, we will explore some crucial steps for getting at the message of Scripture. Ezra, the scribe, will serve as our example (Ezra 7:10).

2. Interpreting Parables: Do You Get the Point? (52:43) | Outline | Slide Notes


Jesus taught truth by analogy. He used parables to teach His disciples about the kingdom of God. In this lecture we will explore the purpose of teaching in parables and present key guidelines for interpreting Jesus' parables.

3. Interpreting Apocalyptic: Ezekiel and His Strange Visions (46:03) | Outline | Slide Notes


Ezekiel, Daniel and the Revelation present apocalyptic visions which are strange to read and puzzling to interpret. In this lecture we will define and describe apocalyptic literature and offer guidelines for identifying the key message and avoiding speculation.

"Repetition with variety is the key to learning."

"Peter writes, 'I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them,…' It is as we review the truth of Scripture that God's Word settles into our souls and becomes a part of our life. Keep on reading and studying, in different contexts, situations, and learning from different teachers."

J Carl Laney, 2019

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