In this unit, students will explore the theory and practice of reading Christian Scriptures with people in different cultural contexts. Factors taken into account include the context, cultures, worldviews, heritages and traditions of the biblical authors, in dialogue with the context of contemporary readers. Students will explore common theological understandings of the work of the Holy Spirit in the inspiration of Christian Scripture, as well in the hermeneutic process, and will be introduced to frameworks and methodologies for reading of Scripture interculturally with others. Pathways for missional engagement, conversation and dialogue that result from reading Scriptures interculturally with others will be explored.

Unit Code: BS9025W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify socio-cultural and worldview influences in Christian Scriptures as well as in the readers of a text.


Evaluate biases that the socio-cultural and religious backgrounds have on readers of Christian Scripture.


Evaluate a range of methods for interpreting Christian Scriptures


Create and implement a methodology for practicing intercultural hermeneutics.


Explain the missiological implications of competing interpretations of Scripture

Unit sequence

A foundational unit in the Hebrew Bible or in the New Testament


Lectures; Tutorials; Praxis – Reading Scripture with various cultural groups within Melbourne in order to participate and practice intercultural hermeneutic methods.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical Review 1500 words

0 25.0

Investigation 1500 words

0 25.0

Exegesis 1500 words

0 25.0

Investigation 1500 words

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-25 11:04:37 +1100