Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics TRS5105

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This masters course analyses diverse models for interpreting biblical texts for modern-day congregations and other audiences. It investigates the relationship between established traditions and their philosophies in light of theological emphases and what is communicated through preaching or discussion of a biblical text. It also considers the role of church worship services and other contexts for the substance and style of the communication.


4 x 5hr sessions made up of lectures, seminars or workshops

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level




Set Exercise on text - 1,500 words (30%)

Research Paper - 3,500 words (70%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Compare the connections between an interpretive philosophy and communication of message ;

■ Assess ways in which contexts (e.g. ecclesial, liturgical) have a bearing on preaching communication;

■ Support students to critically evaluate various theories of biblical interpretation in light of homiletics;

■ Enable students to link the details of texts to the wider topics of importance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Appraise the distinction between the content of a text and the range of applicable interpretations;

■ Reflect on the practice of homilies/sermons, highlighting strengths and weaknesses;

■ Critically evaluate and provide feedback on peers' homilies or discussions;

■ Formulate and evaluate a philosophy of Christian communication;

■ Formulate robust, scholarly preaching.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.