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
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%)
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.