This course introduces biblical interpretation. Attention is given to the inspiration, formation, and function of the canon and to the development of a methodology of interpretation consistent with the nature of scripture. The importance of the Bible as a witness to the life and faith of ancient Israel and earliest Christianity will be emphasized.
Students will be able to:
Articulate the place of scripture in the life of the congregation and the role of the pastor in interpretation.
Understand the inspiration and formation of the canon and its authority within the community of faith.
Understand and apply historical, literary, and theological approaches to various types of literature in scripture using Genesis, Hosea and Amos, Mark, and Philippians.
Develop a method of exegesis consistent with the nature and authority of the Bible.