This unit introduces elements of theory and practice in biblical interpretation for students who cannot work with Hebrew or Greek. Students will learn about various interpretative methods and approaches, including the principles of Lutheran hermeneutics. Students will apply these elements to the interpretation of passages from the Old and New Testaments, with the aid of dictionaries and commentaries.

Unit Code: BS1105L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and explain key elements and goals of several interpretive methods and approaches in biblical studies


Use basic skills and interpretative approaches that engage the ‘three worlds’ of the biblical text


Examine biblical texts using a range of hermeneutical approaches, including the principles of Lutheran hermeneutics


Demonstrate basic abilities in reading biblical texts as having contemporary relevance

Unit sequence

BA1001L Old Testament Introduction and/or BN2002L New Testament Introduction desirable.


This unit combines asynchronous student engagement with unit materials and weekly one-hour tutorials. Emphasis is placed on student engagement with primary texts using a range of interpretative methods and approaches, so students learn and acquire of basic analytical skills for interpreting the bible.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay outlining a method; its objectives; assessing its strengths and weaknesses and its suitability to the student’s context

1200 30.0

Article explaining the principles and concepts the Lutheran use to read and apply the Bible

800 20.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay An interpretative analysis of a biblical text employing a method and approach of choice

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 00:07:10 +1100