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BIBS225 Special Topic: Approaches to Hermeneutics

An overview of the historical development of biblical hermeneutics, from early Christian and Jewish interpretation to contemporary critical approaches. This paper incorporates key hermeneutical approaches, concepts, issues, and terms.

This paper addresses the question of how the Bible is to be interpreted today, which is the area covered by hermeneutics.

Paper title Special Topic: Approaches to Hermeneutics
Paper code BIBS225
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBX 225
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturer: Dr Don Moffat
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. What do we mean when we talk about "Biblical Hermeneutics"?
  2. An outline of the historical development of hermeneutics, from early Christian and Jewish interpretation to contemporary global questions
  3. Key approaches: historical, source/form/redaction, rhetorical, narrative, canonical, structuralist, post-structuralist, feminist, queer, liberation, post-colonial, ecological
  4. Key concepts and issues, including: genre, translation, canon, reception, sexuality, gender, power
  5. Key terms and ideas: exegesis, typology, allegory and the four "senses" of Scripture (patristic exegesis), peshat and derash (rabbinic exegesis), inspiration, deduction/induction/abduction, semiotic
Assessment:
  • Critical examination of a Biblical passage (1,200 words) 20%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 40%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: One 2-hour lecture each week
Distance: One teaching day and one 2-hour videoconference
Textbooks
A course book has been developed for this paper. No textbook required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
On successfully completing this paper students will be able to
  • Outline the historical development of biblical interpretation
  • Analyse, evaluate, compare and contrast views arising from the application of hermeneutical methods to contemporary and historical issues
  • Assess the implications of different hermeneutical debates for the 21st century
  • Offer an exegesis of selected biblical texts using a variety of critical approaches

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An overview of the historical development of biblical hermeneutics, from early Christian and Jewish interpretation to contemporary critical approaches. This paper incorporates key hermeneutical approaches, concepts, issues, and terms.

This paper addresses the question of how the Bible is to be interpreted today, which is the area covered by hermeneutics.

Paper title Special Topic: Approaches to Hermeneutics
Paper code BIBS225
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBX 225
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
don.moffat@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Don Moffat
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. What do we mean when we talk about "Biblical Hermeneutics"?
  2. An outline of the historical development of hermeneutics, from early Christian and Jewish interpretation to contemporary global questions
  3. Key approaches: historical, source/form/redaction, rhetorical, narrative, canonical, feminist, queer, liberation, post-colonial, ecological
  4. Key concepts and issues, including: genre, translation, canon, reception, sexuality, gender, power
  5. Key terms and ideas: exegesis, typology, allegory and the four "senses" of Scripture inspiration, deduction/induction/abduction, semiotic
Assessment:
  • Critical examination of a Biblical passage (1,200 words) 20%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 40%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: There will be one 2-hour lecture each week.

Distance: In addition to the weekly videoconferenced lectures, there will be one teaching day and one 1-hour videoconference specifically for distance students.
Distance students are invited to join weekly videoconferences. However, recordings will be available on Blackboard for students who cannot attend live.
Textbooks
A course book has been developed for this paper. No textbook required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
On successfully completing this paper students will be able to:
  • Discuss critical issues associated with the historical development of biblical interpretation
  • Analyse, evaluate, compare and contrast views arising from the application of hermeneutical methods to contemporary and historical issues
  • Assess the implications of different hermeneutical debates for the 21st century
  • Demonstrate interpretive skills by the exegesis of selected biblical texts using a variety of critical approaches.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 15:00-20:50 10

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9, 12-13, 15-22