Biblical Hermeneutics

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 401

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit introduces the theme of biblical hermeneutics in the context of the history of biblical interpretation since New Testament times. Key movements, theories and strategies will be examined and assessed, including recent developments such as reception history (including the artistic reception of the Bible) and ‘ordinary hermeneutics’. The potential of these various approaches will be explored in relation to specific biblical genres and texts. The practical outworking of the subject in the life of the Church will be kept in view.

Aims

This unit aims to develop an awareness of a range of issues associated with biblical interpretation in the life of the Church and enable students to reflect critically on their own presuppositions in relation to detailed analysis of some contemporary proposals.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate understanding of key linguistic, literary, historical, philosophical and theological questions involved in the interpretation of biblical texts
Intellectual skills
  • offer critical appreciation of one or more approaches to biblical interpretation from the past or present
  • critically articulate the interconnection of biblical studies and Christian doctrine
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • integrate different theories of, and approaches to hermeneutics within a theological framework which effectively serves the use of the Bible in the life of the Church
  • illustrate the effect of different approaches and theories in the interpretation of specific texts

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Class presentation (may be on topic for essay)

30 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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Biblical Hermeneutics

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 401

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Stephen I. Wright

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