TH4619 - Biblical Exegesis Theory and Practice


Biblical Exegesis Theory and Practice


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


48 hours tutor contact time 48 hours
152 hours of generated study time 152 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
48 0 152

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Part 1: Background/Theoretical Considerations

Defining hermeneutics and exegesis; the expectations of the exegete

Arriving at the best possible meaning of the biblical texts

Jewish hermeneutics

Jesus and Paul

A fourfold sense of Scripture?

Reformation, the Enlightenment and Scripture

Historical critical approach and emphases

Authorial intent, textual autonomy, modern theories & the reader’s contribution


Part 2: Exegetical Practice (a Genre-based approach)

Old Testament narrative – Mosaic Law – Wisdom writings – prophecy in the Bible – Rise and use of apocalyptic – use and abuse of the parables – Acts – the epistles and their context – typology

  • To develop an understanding of exegetical theory, methodology and practice.
  • To obtain an understanding of various theories and primary methodologies involved in the task of biblical hermeneutics
  • To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand academic works discussing hermeneutical principles.
  • To provide an opportunity for analysis of differing approaches and themes.
  • To explore practical aspects of biblical exegesis to enhance students' interpretation of the Bible.
  • To provide practical experience in biblical exegesis within an academic framework.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of various theories in biblical hermeneutics principles and in the practice of exegesis.
  2. Describe key ideas associated with theories and rules of interpretation of a range of literary types found in the Bible.
  3. Utilise theories and skills associated with exegetical methodology and practice.
  4. Employ techniques developed in homiletics-based studies.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
13000 word assignment100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Carson, D. A. (Ed.). (2016). The enduring authority of the Christian Scriptures. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Carson, D. A. (1996). Exegetical fallacies (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Corley, Bruce, Steve Lemke and Grant Lovejoy (2002). Biblical hermeneutics: A comprehensive introduction to interpreting Scripture. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 

Kaiser, W. and Silva, M. (2007). An introduction to biblical hermeneutics: The search for meaning. (2nd edition). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Klein, W. W., C. L. Blomberg and R. L. Hubbard, Jr. (2017). Introduction to biblical interpretation. (3rd edition). Nashville, TN: Nelson.

Osborne, G. R. (2007). The hermeneutical spiral. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity. 

Porter, S.E. (2006) Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation. New York: Routledge

Vanhoozer, K. J. (2005) Dictionary for theological interpretation of the Bible. London: SPCK.

Vanhoozer, K. J. (2009). Is there a meaning in this text? The Bible, the reader, and the morality of literary knowledge (10th anniversary ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.  

Vanhoozer, K. J. (2005). Dictionary for theological interpretation of the Bible. London: SPCK.

Calvin Smith


Arts and Humanities Board of Studies

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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