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155.515 Interpreting the Bible for Mission and Ministry

Credits: 15

Year: 2018

Upper Hutt Campus: School for Officer Training; School of Bible and Mission

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the processes of accurate textual analysis of the Bible. The course will equip students with the basic skills for reading the Biblical text as it was written and intended for its original audience, as well as accurate application in a contemporary setting.

Indicative Content

  1. Context
  2. The hermeneutical gaps
  3. Book Background
  4. Word Study
  5. Grammar
  6. Biblical genres
  7. Using the tools
  8. Application
  9. Putting it all together: exegesis
  10. The ethics of Interpretation

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Evaluate  a biblical text using theological and biblical foundational knowledge and biblical interpretive practice in order to consider the text’s meaning as it was intended for its original audience, and how it might be accurately applied to a contemporary  faith community.
  • Use Biblical interpretative and hermeneutical frameworks to evaluate ministry responses to important issues in lives of faith within varied cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate  theology, key biblical texts and an understanding of  the tools of Biblical Interpretation  to reflect on the hermeneutical issues raised by a  current debate in the church e.g. women in leadership, prosperity teaching, sexual ethics, ecological crisis.