HDS 1242

How Do You Read? Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza


This course is a basic introduction to how we make meaning when reading the Bible. We will explore the different paradigms of interpretation which scholars have developed and explore their meaning-making capacities in terms of an ethics of interpretation. Special attention will be given to new approaches such as "Signifying Scriptures," "Scriptural Reasoning," or "Bibliodrama." The course process seeks to embody a democratic ethos of study and deliberation, of knowledge and socio-cultural religious location. Reflection papers, group-discussions, and working with texts provide opportunities for such collaboration. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1439

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Tues 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None