BB303/503 (you’ll still often find this coded as OT303/503)
WORKLOAD: one semester, 4 credit points
WHEN: 2014 by distance only
How to interpret the Bible is one of the most formative skills a Christian can learn. It’s important, because to read is to interpret. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we each bring our presuppositions and subjective experience to the text. Without hermeneutics (the science and art of interpreting the Bible), we are in danger of jumping over its original meaning and distorting the word of God. When dealing with such a complex and multi-faceted document featuring different authors, purposes, genres and historical settings, care is needed when seeking to interpret and apply the Bible today. This unit equips students to be able to exegete a passage of Scripture, be able to explain interpretive decisions and apply these lessons to their personal study of the Scriptures, public preaching and Bible study leading.
Upon completion of this unit students will be able to
There are two standard works that we will be using:
The book by Osborne is more technical and slightly more comprehensive than that by Klein, Blomberg and Hubbard, and some students have found Osborne’s work a bit overwhelming as an introductory work.
If this is your first experience of studying hermeneutics, it may be helpful for you to work through a more basic book first. Contact the distance coordinator for such recommendations.