Part 1: Nature, views and transmission of the Bible
Authorship – purposes – structure – formation – dating – language
Different views of revelation, authority, inerrancy – the canon of Scripture - Bible as a scared text – Evangelical debates and polemics
How we received our NT – textual variants – codices – introduction to textual criticism – modern Bible versions
Part 2: Use and interpretation of the Bible
Introduction to biblical interpretation – exegetical and devotional approaches – exegetical pitfalls and fallacies – authorial vs reader-response/reading community approaches – canonical interpretation – introduction to biblical genres – the Bible in Church history
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Kaiser, W. C. (2001). The Old Testament documents : are they reliable & relevant? Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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Metzger, B. M. (2003). The New Testament: its background, growth, and content (3rd ed.). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
Metzger, B. M., & Ehrman, B. D. (2005). The text of the New Testament : its transmission, corruption, and restoration (4th ed.). New York, Oxford: OUP.