TH4605 - Biblical Exegesis: Theory and Methodology


Biblical Exegesis: Theory and Methodology


10 CC   5 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
90 hours of generated study time. 90 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
10 0 90

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware 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.

Lecture 1: Defining Hermeneutics and Exegesis; the Expectations of the Exegete

Lecture 2: Arriving at the best possible meaning of the biblical texts

Lecture 3: Jewish Hermeneutics

Lecture 4: Jesus and Paul

Lecture 5: The fourfold sense of Scripture?

Lecture 6: Reformation, the Enlightenment and Scripture

Lecture 7: Historical Criticism and Its Methodologies

Lecture 8: The Importance of Authorial Intention?

Lecture 9: Theories of Textual Autonomy

Lecture 10: Modern Theories and the Reader’s Contribution

The principal aim of this module is to develop a solid preparation for moving on to further level 4 modules which explore exegetical theory and methodology as well as other exegesis-related subjects. In addition, the following aims are also applicable:

1. To obtain a sound understanding of various theories and primary methodologies involved in the task of biblical hermeneutics

2. To acquire a capacity to discuss critically some of the key doctrinal issues that exegetical theory raises for the Evangelical Christian.

3. To possess the knowledge and skills necessary in order to interpret the biblical text independently based upon sound hermeneutical principles.

4. To provide an opportunity for analysis and independent critical thinking of differing approaches and themes.

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.

By the end of the module the students will demonstrate:

  1. a sound knowledge and understanding of the various theories and major methods involved in the history of biblical hermeneutics
  2. the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding required in order to approach and interpret the biblical text independently utilizing solid exegetical principles.
  3. An ability to appreciate, analyse and evaluate critically various theories involved in biblical hermeneutics and to present one’s own informed opinion concerning the issue.
  4. an ability to consider critically and independently some of the doctrinal issues that exegetical theory raises for the Christian, especially for those with an evangelical background.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Assignment (2000 words)100%AllCoursework

As assessment

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

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

Coggins, R.J. and J.L. Houlden (1990). A dictionary of biblical interpretation. London: SCM Press.

Dockery, D. S., K. A. Matthews and R. B. Sloan, eds. (1994). Foundations for biblical interpretation. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.

Dockery, David (2000). Biblical interpretation then and now. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Fee, Gordon D (2002). New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Third ed.  Philadelphia: Westminster Press.

Kaiser, Walter and Silva, Moises (2007). An introduction to biblical hermeneutics: The search for meaning. Second Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Klein, W. W., C. L. Blomberg and R. L. Hubbard, Jr. (2004). Introduction to biblical interpretation. Nashville, TN: Nelson.

Stuart, Douglas. (2009) Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Fourth ed.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

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

Vanhoozer, K. J. (1998). Is there a meaning in this text? Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Patrick Egan


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