How important is method in our study and interpretation of the Bible? What are the methods or hermeneutical principles one can employ? How can we effectively interpret the Bible so that it might speak to our contemporary times? This unit will survey the many approaches, methods and hermeneutical principles employed by readers and practitioners (Historical-Critical, Literary, Feminist, Queer, Ecological, Liberational, Postcolonial, Postmodern, Psychological, Popular Culture, Disability, etc) of the Bible; explore the questions raised by them and assess both their strengths and weaknesses. The course will instruct how these methods are applied to select texts from the Old Testament as test cases to encourage the students to appreciate not only the variety of methods but also the multiplicity of meaning inherent within the Biblical text.
Demonstrate knowledge of the history of biblical interpretation
Explain the significant approaches, hermeneutical principles, methods and practices of biblical interpretation
Analyse the assumptions of the many schools/approaches and perspectives of biblical method and criticism
Evaluate the contemporary claims for Biblical truth through the appropriate application of various approaches to interpretation.
Understand and appreciate the context of the text as well as one’s own cultural contexts in the process of biblical interpretation
Apply these methods in their reading and interpretation of Biblical texts
Old Testament Foundational Unit
Lectures, guided reading and seminar discussion
Essay 3000 words
Short Essay on Reading Material 1000 words
Exegetical Essay 3000 Words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-26 15:42:22 +1100