DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE OF COURSE
- Course Description
This course provides a theoretical and practical examination of the proper use of language as it is designed to convey Scripture. Various principles and guidelines which govern the foundation for interpretation are analyzed. Special emphasis will focus upon the history of hermeneutics and systems of interpretation, tools for hermeneutics, principles of interpretation (general and specific), hermeneutics and genres, a hermeneutical process of approach, and contemporary difficulties surrounding hermeneutics.
- Course Goals
- Understand hermeneutics and inductive approach to the breadth of biblical literature, including theological narrative, prophets, poetry, gospels, and epistles.
- Inductive study has been largely limited to epistles—we will expand our ability to use inductive study methods to include the major biblical genres.
- We will substantially change our approach to inductive study. Our primary focus will be on the structure of the text. Most people amass volumes of material, but don’t know how it fits together, why it’s important, what the argument of the passage is. Structure provides focus to inductive study.
- Develop a working knowledge of the literary unity of scripture and it’s importance in interpretation.
- Cultivate skills in teaching and discussion group formation
- Course Textbooks : Roy B. Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation, (Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1991), ISBN: 0896938190. Important: Readings from Zuck do not follow the order of the syllabus. The textbook is a supplement to lectures and is not dictated by the content of the lecture.
- Rev. Dr. Randolph Stanley. Lecture notes for Hermeneutics.
- Bible—any good translation (not a paraphrase).