TH4620 - History of Hermeneutics


History of Hermeneutics


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 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.

Rabbinic Hermeneutics
Hermeneutics and the New Testament Writers
Interpretation of Scripture During the Patristic Era
Medieval Exegesis
Effects of the Reformation on Biblical Interpretation 
Puritanism and Revivalism: Post-Reformation Developments
The Enlightenment and the Rise of the Historical-Critical Method
A Reaction: Fundamentalism, Bibliolatry and Text-proofing in the Twentieth Century and beyond
Neo-orthodoxy and Existentialist Approaches to the Bible
Politicised Interpretation: Liberation Theology and its Evangelical Counterpart

  • The main aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to historical methods and practice of hermeneutics.
  • The module provide students with a continuation of studies on exegesis on hermeneutics complementing modules on exegesis and biblical studies
  • A further aim is a foundational understanding of hermeneutical theory that will enable improved critical analysis of relevant academic literature.  
  • The course offers suitable material that students may wish to examine in greater detail at dissertation levels 5 and 6

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. Knowledge and understanding of the main developments in biblical hermeneutics.
  2. Present and describe key moments in the history of the Church.
  3. Explain clearly different approaches to hermeneutics.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
13000 word assignment100%1-3Coursework

As assessment

Blowers, P. M., & Martens, P. W. (eds) (2019). The Oxford handbook of early Christian biblical interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dockery, D. S. (2000). Biblical Interpretation then and now: Contemporary hermeneutics in the light of the early church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Fuhr, R. A., & KoĢˆstenberger, A. J. (2016) Inductive Bible study: observation, interpretation, and application through the lenses of history, literature, and theology. Nashville: B & H Academic.

Hauser, A. J., & Watson, D. F. (eds) (2008). A history of biblical interpretation. Volume 1, The Ancient Period. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans.

Hauser, A. J., & Watson, D. F. (eds) (2009). A history of biblical interpretation. Volume 2, The Medieval through the reformation periods.. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans.

KoĢˆstenberger, A. J., & Patterson, R. D. (2011). Invitation to biblical interpretation: Exploring the hermeneutical triad of history, literature, and theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

Porter, S. E. & Adams, S. A. (eds) (2016). Pillars in the history of biblical interpretation. Volume 1: Prevailing Methods before 1980. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick.

Porter, S. E. & Adams, S. A. (eds) (2016). Pillars in the history of biblical interpretation. Volume 2: Prevailing Methods after 1980. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick.

McKim, D. K. (2007). Dictionary of major biblical interpreters. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Thiselton, A. C. (2009). Hermeneutics: an introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Yarchin, W. (2004) History of biblical interpretation: a reader. Peabody: Hendrickson.

Stephen Vantassel


Arts and Humanities Board of Studies

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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