BB002-512 - Introduction to Biblical Theology and Interpretation
2,784 Standard Tuition Fee
Category foundational unitA
biblical studiesUnit Discipline
BB301, BB303, TRB31
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
B. Be able to
1. Trace the key events of biblical theology and their significance within the whole of biblical theology
2. Demonstrate skill in applying the principles and methods of hermeneutics to understanding biblical texts
3. Present Organised evidence-based perspectives on the theory and application of hermeneutics
C. Be in a position to
1. Relating perspectives from ‘Introduction to Biblical Studies’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry contexts
Part A: The Content of Biblical Theology
The content of biblical theology is designed to explain the progression of events within the unfolding revelation of the Scriptures
a. Creation, sin, and the effects of the fall (e.g. Genesis 1-11)
b. The Abrahamic covenant (e.g. Genesis 12, 15, 18)
c. The exodus event and the Sinaitic covenant (e.g. Exodus; Hebrews)
d. Conquest and settlement (e.g. Judges/Joshua)
e. Kingship (e.g. 1 and 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-12)
f. The division of the kingdom (e.g. 1 and 2 Kings)
g. Exile (e.g. 2 Kings 17; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Isaiah 40-55)
h. Return and restoration (e.g. Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi)
i. Birth and ministry of Jesus (e.g. Gospels, NT Epistles)
j. Death and resurrection of Jesus (e.g. Gospels, NT Epistles)
k. Gospel to the world (e.g. Acts, NT Epistles)
l. New creation (e.g. Romans 8, 1 Peter 1, Revelation 19-22)
Part B: Interpreting and Applying the Bible
a. Foundational issues of genre within biblical interpretation.
b. Foundational principles of a biblical interpretation methodology: e.g. textual, historical, cultural, literary features, intertextual, canonical, and biblical-theological issues.
c. Principles of contemporary application.
d. Representative examples from both the Old and New Testaments.
e. How the gospel relates to understanding and interpreting the Bible
This unit's indicative bibliography is currently being revised. Students should contact their home college for further details at the time of taking this unit.
Bartholomew, Craig G. and Goheen, M. W., The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004).
Duvall, J. S., and Hays, J. D., Grasping God’s Word. 3rd ed (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012).
Bauckham, R., ‘Reading Scripture as a Coherent Story’ in The Art of Reading Scripture. E. F. Davis & R. B. Hays. Eds. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003).
Beynon, N. and A. Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible’s Treasure (Nottingham: IVP, 2005).
David, E. F., and Hays, R. B., The Art of Reading Scripture (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
Fee, G. and D. Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, 3rd ed., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan), 2003.
Fowl, S. E., Theological Interpretation of Scripture: A Short Introduction (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009).
Goldsworthy, G., Christ-Centred Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles (Nottingham: Apollos, 2012).
Gurtner, D. M., and B. L. Gladd (eds.) From Creation to New Creation: Biblical Theology and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of G. K. Beale. (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2013).
Kaiser, W. C. Jr. and M. Silva, An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, 2nd ed., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
Lawrence, M., Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010)
Strauss, M. L., How to Read the Bible in Changing Times: Understanding and Applying God’s Word Today (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).
Tate, W., Interpreting the Bible (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2006).
Baker, D., Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments. 3rd ed (Nottingham: Apollos, 2010).
Thiselton, A. C., New Horizons in Hermeneutics: The Theory and Practice of Transforming Biblical Reading, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999).
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