TH4609 - Exegesis and Bible Polemics


Exegesis and Bible Polemics


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning; King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours total study time: 10 hours of recorded lectures; remainder generated study time. 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 0 190

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.

  • Charismata and Worship
  • Do Christians Exercise Free Will?
  • Covenant Theology or Dispensationalism?
  • God and Suffering
  • Universalism: A Feasible Evangelical Position?
  • Evangelicals and Ecumenism
  • Divorce and Remarriage
  • Women and Ministry
  • Survey of Church Polity
  • Faith vs. Evidences: Can We Prove the Existence of God?

The overall aims of this module are to develop students' ability to

  • apply independent and critical thinking in assessment and debate of polemical issues.
  • Use self-discipline and self direction in academic reading and writing on subjects of contention
  • make use of skills in exegesis and hermeneutics acquired in previous modules at level 4
  • apply academic methodology to issues of practical Christian theology

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.he

Upon successful completion of this module, students will

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of a range of theological and doctrinal issues (to be examined from a textual perspective) that have caused a great deal of controversy within the Evangelical tradition.
  2. Be able to employ sound principles and methods of exegesis in order to reach their own independent conclusions based on a textual analysis, rather than relying solely on any denominational bias.
  3. Be in a position to employ the skills of textual analysis and evaluation developed during the course of these studies
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills of evaluation in preparation for future modules at Level 4.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
13000 word essay100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

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

Culver, R. D. (2005). Systematic theology : biblical and historical. Fearn: Mentor.

Goldsworthy, G. (2006). Gospel-centered hermeneutics : foundations and principles of evangelical biblical interpretation. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic.

Ferguson, S. B., Wright, D. F., & Packer, J. I. (1988). New dictionary of theology. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Fee, G. D. (2001). To what end exegesis? : essays textual, exegetical, and theological. Grand Rapids, Mich. ; Cambridge, U.K

Grudem, W. A. (2000). Systematic theology : an introduction to biblical doctrine. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House.

Kaiser, W. C. (1996). Hard sayings of the Bible. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

McCartney, D., & Clayton, C. (2002). Let the reader understand : a guide to interpreting and applying the Bible (2nd ed.). Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub.

MacDonald, G. (2006). The evangelical universalist. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Osborne, G. R. (2006). The hermeneutical spiral : a comprehensive introduction to biblical interpretation (Rev. and expanded, 2nd ed.). Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

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, Mich.: Zondervan.

Chris Lazenby


Arts and Humanities Board of Studies

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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