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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.

Unit Code: BS9019P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate knowledge of the history of biblical interpretation

2.

Explain the significant approaches, hermeneutical principles, methods and practices of biblical interpretation

3.

Analyse the assumptions of the many schools/approaches and perspectives of biblical method and criticism

4.

Evaluate the contemporary claims for Biblical truth through the appropriate application of various approaches to interpretation.

5.

Understand and appreciate the context of the text as well as one’s own cultural contexts in the process of biblical interpretation

6.

Apply these methods in their reading and interpretation of Biblical texts

Unit sequence

Old Testament Foundational Unit

Pedagogy

Lectures, guided reading and seminar discussion

Assessments

Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Essay

Essay 3000 words

3000 40.0
Essay

Short Essay on Reading Material 1000 words

1000 20.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay 3000 Words

3000 40.0
Approvals

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