COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course gives an examination of key methodological principles and approaches to interpreting Scripture in the past and in the present. The historical, literary and theological aspects involved in the process of studying, interpreting and applying the Scripture will be presented and integrated into a biblical theology perspective. The center of this theology is Jesus Christ who is both the subject matter and the model Spirit-led interpreter of the inspired Scripture. Special focus is made on the particular issues relating to the authorial intent, literal sense, different genres of literature in the Bible as well as on the interpretation of the Old Testament texts in the New Testament. The course invites students to reflect on the role of tradition and identity of the interpreting community that attempts to incarnate the unchanging Gospel message in the fast changing cultures of the world in light of the Kingdom coming. Practical experience in interpretation and hermeneutics is provided.