This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of textual interpretation. It also considers the particular challenges of interpreting the inspired text of the biblical canon with its multiple senses from a Catholic perspective. The student will learn about several interpretive methods and approaches and will apply some of them to the exegesis of passages from the Old and New Testaments, with the aid of dictionaries and commentaries.

Unit Code: BS8002C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an advanced understanding of the concepts of biblical inspiration, canonicity, and the senses of Scripture


Describe the key features and goals of several interpretive methods and approaches in biblical studies


Identify and analyse oral traditions or written sources of a biblical passage and use these in an interpretation of the passage, on the basis of sustained and critically rigorous research


Demonstrate appropriate use of a synchronic method or approach in the interpretation of a biblical passage, on the basis of sustained and critically rigorous research


Engage with a biblical text as Scripture having relevance for the Church today, judiciously incorporating the results of specific techniques of interpretation


lectures and discussions


Description Weight (%)

1000 word essay


2500 word essay (passages from New Testament)


2500 word essay (passages from Old Testament)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-22 14:26:00 +1100