General Objectives: To help students have a better understanding of the various aspects of a biblical text, which often go beyond the range of one particular methodological perspective, by exposing them to a plurality of methods available today.
Course Outlines: The introduction to the Seminar will register the main methodological assumption of the following approaches: Historical-critical method, narrative criticism, reader- oriented criticism, and reception history. Afterwards, the students will discuss and defend the outcomes of their own research during the series of presentations in the class.
Bibliography: Brown, Jeannine. Scripture as Communication. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007; Gorman, Michael. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009; Hühn, Peter, ed. The Living Handbook of Narratology. Hamburg: HUP, 2011. Available at http://www.lhn.uni-hamburg.de; Marguerat, Daniel. How to Read Bible Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Criticism. London: SCM Press, 1999; Petersen, David, ed. Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Joel M. LeMon and Kent H. Richards. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009; Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Vatican City: Vatican Press, 1993; Ska, Jean. “Our Fathers Have Told Us.” Introduction to the Analysis of Hebrew Narratives. Roma: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1990.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the seminar, students are expected to be familiar with some basic assumptions of the exegetical methods; to be capable of developing an appropriate strategy for their own research that will be requested during the seminar; to be able to discuss and defend the outcomes of their own research.