OPEN JAN 13, 2020 – MAR 18, 2020 1,050 $
Hermeneutics
Hermeneutics involves the discipline and theories of understanding. Seen as a theological discipline, hermeneutics describes ways and/or theories of how to understand the Bible. Whereas exegesis always concentrates on the specific content of distinct Bible texts, hermeneutics asks questions related to the foundational presuppositions necessary for a right understanding of the holy Scriptures.
The unique character of the Bible necessitates a special biblical hermeneutic. The texts of the Holy Scriptures cannot correctly be handled using the same methods as every other text. The Bible’s unique reality requires unique ways of encountering it.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULEXEGESIS
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYADVANCED
CREDIT HOURS4
TOTAL TIME80 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

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What you´ll learn

Hermeneutics: Introduction to Bible interpretation
Hermeneutics involves the discipline and theories of understanding. Seen as a theological discipline, hermeneutics describes ways and/or theories of how to understand the Bible. Whereas exegesis always concentrates on the specific content of distinct Bible texts, hermeneutics asks questions related to the foundational presuppositions necessary for a right understanding of the holy Scriptures.
The unique character of the Bible necessitates a special biblical hermeneutic. The texts of the Holy Scriptures cannot correctly be handled using the same methods as every other text. The Bible’s unique reality requires unique ways of encountering it.
This course provides an overview of various hermeneutical theories/practices from the past and the present. More important than digesting the knowledge of already existing concepts is the ability of the student to develop his or her own hermeneutical practice and reflection skills. To support this goal, the student will learn various possibilities and limits of biblical hermeneutics. At the same time, he or she will discover his or her own role as an observer and interpreter who views the Scriptures through a variety of more or less unconscious presuppositions regarding how to understand the biblical texts.

Course Goals

  • The student describes the possibilities and limits of a biblical hermeneutic.
  • The student outlines an accurate overview of the various hermeneutical concepts presented in the course.
  • The student develops and articulates his or her own hermeneutical position.

Acquired Skills

  • Understanding various positions common in biblical hermeneutics.
  • Developing and reflecting upon his/her own biblical hermeneutical positions and practices.
  • Critically engaging a specific biblical hermeneutic.
OPEN JAN 13, 2020 – MAR 18, 2020
1,050 $

Contents of the course in detail

Hermeneutics: Introduction to Bible interpretation
  • Introduction to the themes of hermeneutics
  • Foundations of biblical hermeneutics: authority, unity, and historicity.
  • Hermeneutical concepts from the past as well as from contemporary horizons
  • Critical engagement with hermeneutics
  • Development of an individual hermeneutical theory and practice.

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Mid-term essay exam (30%).
Final essay exam (30%).
Term paper (40%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

required reading (40 hours)

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.