Principles of Biblical Interpretation (Credit: 2 or 3 hours)
ECTS 4 or 5
This course will cover the basic rules of Bible interpretation by stressing a pattern of explaining the rule, illustrating the principle, and allowing the student to practice interpretation. The course is divided into four units. In the first unit the student is exposed to basic definitions (presuppositions) that affect interpretation and a brief history of biblical interpretation. In the second unit the general rules of interpretation, applicable to all literature types, are outlined. In the third unit the rules that apply to specific genre types are explained. In the final unit the student will be given opportunity to apply all the rules on examples pages.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1.Describe rules of interpretation associated with each of the six circles of context.2.Justify the need for adhering to rules of interpretation when expositing the Bible.3.Defend the truth that the goal of interpretation is first to determine what the original author meant to communicate to his original readers.4.Explain the major systems of Bible interpretation found in Judaism and Christianity.5.Apply rules of interpretation in the study of example passages of Scripture.6.Distinguish between major types of biblical genre and the rules of interpretation associated with them.7.Develop a pattern of personal Bible study based on biblical principles of interpretation.
Mode of Study
•Lecture•Video (in progress)•Student interaction •Professor of Record Interaction•Hands on
•100 objective multiple choice questions•Online or pencil and paper•Project•Collateral Reading Assignment (for 3 (USA) credit courses•Student Learning Requirement •Passmark 70%•