Hermeneutics of the Bible

The unit Hermeneutics of the Bible aims to introduce students to 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, and to contemporary approaches to interpretation. It is an Elective unit and forms a part of a Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points of Level 8100 B units (Biblical Studies)


B7203 Hermeneutics

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate a set of sound general hermeneutical principles with reference to a variety of biblical literary forms
  2. Analyse the diversity of historical and contemporary approaches to the interpretation of the Bible within the Christian tradition
  3. Evaluate the strengths of a variety of hermeneutic approaches to interpreting texts in different contexts
  4. Develop appropriate ways of effectively applying contemporary methods of hermeneutics
  5. Apply appropriate hermeneutical principles to a range of biblical texts with reference to a variety of life or ministry contexts.
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