Hermeneutics: The Art of Interpretation
Hermeneutics is the art and science of interpreting the Bible. It guides the reader in understanding and applying the biblical message today, even though the books of the Bible were written at times, and often in places and cultures far removed from the contemporary interpreter. The course provides interpretative tools and techniques, as well as a foundation of methodology and theory. Special consideration is given to how the Old Testament relates to the New Testament, dealing with apparent tensions between different passages of scripture, and the problems of historical, linguistic, and cultural distances.