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.
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 class presentations.
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.
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.