This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of textual interpretation. It also considers the particular challenges of interpreting the inspired text of the biblical canon with its multiple senses from a Catholic perspective. The student will learn about several interpretive methods and approaches and will apply some of them to the exegesis of passages from the Old and New Testaments, with the aid of dictionaries and commentaries.

Unit Code: BS1002C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a satisfactory understanding of the concepts of biblical inspiration, canonicity, and the senses of Scripture;


State the key features and goals of several interpretive methods and approaches in biblical studies


Identify oral traditions or written sources of a biblical passage (with the aid of biblical dictionaries and commentaries) and use these in an interpretation of the passage


demonstrate appropriate use of a synchronic method or approach (with the aid of biblical dictionaries and commentaries) in the interpretation of a biblical passage


Engage with a biblical text as Scripture having relevance for the Church today, incorporating the results of specific techniques of interpretation


lectures and discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

500 word essay

0 15.0

1250 word essay (passages from New Testament)

0 30.0

1250 word essay (passages from Old Testamaent)

0 30.0
Written Examination

1 hour written examination (1000 words)

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-21 11:23:23 +1100