Principles of Hermeneutics

Unit Overview
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.

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Unit Details

Workload One semester, 12 credit points
Status Elective
Subject Code BB003-512

Unit Content

  • To introduce the general principles of the interpretation of biblical documents.
  • To assist students to gain a basic appreciation of the various genres of literature in Scripture and how such genres should be interpreted.
  • To impart an awareness of foundational considerations for the exposition of biblical texts.
  • To develop skills of biblical interpretation that will form a basis for personal study of the scriptures, expository preaching, and group Bible study.

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