Details for Interpreting Scripture Today
This unit provides develops the students knowledge and skills in the various methods in reading biblical texts. Through a study of the historical and philosophical development of critical interpretation, it provides a theoretical framework to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods discussed.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: BIB502
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Interpreting Scripture Today is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- identify critical and methodological approaches to the study of the biblical text and canon;
- understand the historical and philosophical development of the interpretation of Scriptures within the Christian tradition;
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek, appreciating the significant differences of the original biblical texts to contemporary translations and how this impacts the interpretation of texts;
- analyse and critique selected methods and their contribution to the solution of particular exegetical or theological problems;
- apply reading methods to interpret passages of Scriptures in the light of their historical and literary context;
- demonstrate critical engagement with both the primary biblical materials and secondary literaturefrom a range of perspectives
- The history of biblical interpretation
- Key issues in reading the biblical text
- Introducing biblical Hebrew and Greek
- Evaluating reading methods
- Historical-critical methods, including textual, form and redaction criticisms
- Literary approaches: literary, rhetorical, and structuralist criticisms
- Ideological criticisms: feminist criticism, liberationist and ecological readings
- Sociological approaches: using social-scientific theories to read the biblical text
- Principles in selecting appropriate reading methods to the genre of the text; Implications of reading methods to Christian discipleship and ministry issues
Minor essay, Major essay, Exam
- Reading package provided
Klein, W.W., G.L. Blomberg, and R.L. Hubbard. Introduction To Biblical Interpretation: Revised and Expanded. Nelson, 2004.
Nogalski, J. “Reading the Book of the twelve theologically: the twelve as corpus: interpreting unity and discord.” Interpretation 61, no. 2, (April 2007): 115-122.
Osbourne, G.R. The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Rev. Edition. IVP Academic, 2006.
Patte, D., et al. Global Bible Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.
Soulen, R.N. Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 3rd Edition. Minneapolis: John Knox, 2001.
Stuart, D.K. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, 3rd Edition. Minneapolis: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
Sugiatharajah, R.S. (ed.). Postcolonial Reconfigurations: An Alternative Way of Reading the Bible and Doing Theology. Atlanta, GA: Chalice Press, 2003.
Wilson, T.A. “The law of Christ and the law of Moses: reflections on a recent trend in interpretation.” Currents in Biblical Research 5, no. 1 (October 2006): 123-144.