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Course Summary

This advanced course unit aims to introduce students to the history, goals and general principles of biblical interpretation with attention paid to the recognition and interpretation of the various literary genres in the Bible. It can contribute to a major in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline a set of sound general hermeneutical principles

  2. Review the diversity of interpretative approaches used in the interpretation of the Bible within the Christian tradition

  3. Analyse the use of a variety of hermeneutic approaches to interpreting texts in different contexts

  4. Establish hermeneutical principles for specific genres of biblical literature

  5. Apply appropriate hermeneutical principles to biblical texts 


Course Content

  1. Defining biblical hermeneutics

  2. The history of biblical hermeneutics

  3. Key issues in biblical interpretation (e.g. text, context, author, recipients, purpose, effect)

  4. General hermeneutical principles.

  5. Hermeneutical principles for specific genres of biblical literature.

  6. The application of hermeneutics to life and ministry issues.

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