Students will be exposed to a series of different exegetical methodologies. They will be guided in applying these to biblical texts from both testaments, drawing exegetical conclusions, discussing these conclusions as a group and defending them in written essays. Upon completion of the seminar, the students will have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to employ these methodologies in interpreting biblical texts for academic work, ministry or personal prayer and reflection. They will be capable of making judgments regarding exegetical questions and dialoguing cogently about these with their peers. In properly constructed, written exegetical arguments, they will be able to defend their own solutions and evaluate those proposed by different scholars. Topics to be Discussed: Narrative criticism - Redaction criticism - Leitwort analysis - Analysis of the New Testament use of the Old Testament Learning Activities: Attendance at all sessions, with your Bible always in hand - Presentations by the professor on methodology and content - Personal and reading and analysis of the biblical text - Exposition of one’s personal analysis in bi-weekly written assignments.
The complete Bible, translated in English. Aland, Kurt, Barbara Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini, and Bruce M. Metzger, eds. Nestle-Aland Greek-English New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft,2008; Beale, G. K., and D. A. Carson, eds. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2007. Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the New Testament. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York, Doubleday, 1997; Croy, N. Clayton. Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation. Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2011; Marguerat, Daniel, and YvanBourquin. How to Read Bible Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Criticism. Translated by John Bowden. London, SCM, 1999; Moulton, W. F., A. S. Geden, and I. Howard Marshall. Concordance to the Greek New Testament.6th ed. London, T. & T. Clark, 2002; Powell, Mark A. What Is Narrative Criticism? Guides to Biblical Scholarship. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990; Soulen, Richard N., and R. Kendall Soulen. Handbook of Biblical Criticism. Louisville: Westminster John Knox 2001.