155.515 Interpreting the Bible for Mission and Ministry
Upper Hutt Campus: School for Officer Training; School of Bible and Mission
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.
- The hermeneutical gaps
- Book Background
- Word Study
- Biblical genres
- Using the tools
- Putting it all together: exegesis
- The ethics of Interpretation
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.