BB003-712 - Principles of Hermeneutics
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Category foundational unitA
biblical studiesUnit Discipline
Prior to 2020, this unit content was delivered under the unit code BB503. Unit exclusions: BB003-512, BB003-712, BB008-512, BB008-712
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
Demonstrate Developing knowledge and understanding of the discipline of hermeneutics and its uses.
B. Be able to
1. Define the aims and discipline of hermeneutics
2. Demonstrate skill in applying the principles and methods of hermeneutics to understanding biblical texts
3. Present Analytical evidence-based perspectives on the theory and application of hermeneutics
C. Be in a position to
1. Applying perspectives from ‘Principles of Hermeneutics’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry practice
1. Introduction to the discipline of hermeneutics.
2. Introduction to the relationship between the nature of Scripture and biblical interpretation.
3. Introduction to hermeneutical theory, such as the relationship between the reader and the text, and where meaning is found.
4. Foundational issues of genre within biblical interpretation.
5. Foundational principles of a biblical interpretation methodology: e.g. textual, historical, cultural, literary features, intertextual, canonical, and biblical-theological issues.
6. Principles of contemporary application.
7. Representative examples from both the Old and New Testaments.
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.
Suggested prescribed texts:
Kaiser, W. C. Jr. and M. Silva, An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. 2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.
Osborne, G. R., The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1991).
Adler, M. J. and C. Van Doren, How to Read a Book: A Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972).
Bartholomew, C. G., C. Greene and K. Möller, Renewing Biblical Interpretation (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000).
Barton, J. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation (New York: CUP, 1998).
Corley, B. et al (eds), Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Introduction to Interpreting Scripture. 2nd ed. (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002).
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.
Fee, G. and D. Stuart, How to Read the Book by Book: A Guided Tour (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002).
Hayes, J. H. (ed.), Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, 2 Vol., (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999).
Lundin, R. et al, The Promise of Hermeneutics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
Knowles, Robert, Anthony C. Thiselton and The Grammar of Hermeneutics: The Search for a Unified Theory (PBM; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012).
Porter, Stanley E. and Malcolm, Matthew R. (Eds), The Future of Biblical Intepretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics (Illinois: IVP, 2013).
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).