L1.2 Critical Interpretation of the Bible

June 13, 2017 in PATHWAYS Courses

In this course, participants will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. The intent of this approach is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, the participant will be encouraged to wrestle with his or her own theological reflections as well as develop skills in applying exegetical methods and biblical interpretation for today’s theological and practical concerns. Participants will be encouraged to examine how their own social location impacts his or her reading of the Bible.





This course is designed to address the following Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers:

Spiritual Foundation for Ministry
2. Devotion to the word of God as revealed through Scripture and Christian traditions.

Knowledge and Skills for Ministry, General Knowledge and Skills
2. To understand the profound differences that physical, psychological, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic factors make in the ways that human beings experience the world.

Knowledge and Skills for Ministry, Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry
1. A thorough knowledge of, and personal engagement with, the Bible.
2. Skill with methods of biblical interpretation, including the historic interpretative traditions of the church and contemporary methods, particularly those from historically underrepresented communities.


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