The primacy of the Bible for faith and practice is at the heart of Christianity. Thus, in order to work out lives of gospel faithfulness and relevance, Christians must engage in the wise interpretation and application of Scripture. This is the main theme of this course.
The course is premised on the conviction that the Bible commends itself to be read through the engagement of the whole person–heart, mind, soul, and strength –in the context of community. In this vein, the course will help the student reflect seriously on these two dimensions of interpreting the biblical text.
This course is designed with an emphasis on adult learning, often involving discussions on the interpretation of biblical texts which the students have studied before the class (“flipped learning”), providing students time to raise questions and sharpen their interpretive skills. (Due to this, audit students should be aware that they should attempt the shorter exegetical exercises if they desire fuller learning benefits even though these exercises are not technically required for audit students).