This unit aims to introduce the history, goals and general principles of biblical interpretation with attention paid to the recognition and interpretation of the various literary genres in the Bible. It explores the need for biblical hermeneutics, the terms of reference used in biblical hermeneutics, and the history of biblical hermeneutics. It addresses key issues in biblical interpretation and general hermeneutical principles. The focus is on the application of hermeneutical principles to specific genres of biblical literature and to life and ministry issues.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of general hermeneutical principles
  2. demonstrate a clear understanding of sound principles used in interpreting Scripture
  3. evaluate a broad range of approaches used in interpreting Scripture
  4. apply appropriate hermeneutical principles to biblical texts
  5. appreciate the diversity of interpretative approaches used in the interpretation of the Scriptures within the Christian tradition
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