MPP1041 - Interpreting Scripture
An introductory study of the principles of biblical hermeneutics. Emphasis is given to the methods and tools applied to the exegetical study of the Bible. An exegetical paper is required in this course. Prerequisites: Introduction to the Old Testament or Introduction to the New Testament, and English Composition II. (Both Old and New Testaments are strongly recommended.) This course is a prerequisite for all Bible classes numbered 2000 and above.
The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:
- Appreciate the advantages of a historical critical approach to the study of the Scriptures.
- Become familiar with resource materials for biblical study.
- Learn the proper format and content required for writing an exegetical paper.
- Practice the various elements of an exegetical investigation of a biblical text (historical, social, literary, textual, grammatical, and theological).
- Consider the application of exegetical study to sermon production.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to identify the literary structure and the main story line of the Old Testament.(CN-1)
- Ability to identify the books of the Old Testament by genre.(CN-2)
- Ability to describe the historical context of the major sections of the Old Testament.(CN-5)
- Ability to identify the literary structure of the New Testament.(CN-8)
- Ability to describe how the Bible came into being up to contemporary translations.(CN-15)
- Ability to identify the steps of historical, literary, and theological analysis used in exegesis.(CN-16)
- Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using the steps listed above.(CN-17)
- Ability to prepare, organize, and deliver biblically sound sermons in culturally appropriate ways, using appropriate techniques and skills.(CP-22 Elder)
Introduction to the Old Testament or Introduction to the New Testament, and English Composition II. (Both Old and New Testaments are strongly recommended.)