History of Biblical Interpretation
College: Trinity College
Instructor 1: Deller, Walter
Course Code: 
TRB3911HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
0101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Canada - Other
Description: 

For most of Christian history the interpretation of the Bible was a pastoral activity. Drawing on basic notions of post-modern consideration of 'reader response', we will survey the pre-critical interpretation history of the Bible from a diachronic perspective as an unfolding process across history, and in key synchronic snapshots focusing on types of interpretation as specific moments in the history. How do interpretations reflect and repress the tensions, inner dynamics and problematics of the biblical texts to which they are a response? How are they responses to the needs of the community in specific places and times? We will examine theories of interpretation and also actual examples of interpretation from various periods. Broad topics will include: early Christian interpretation of texts from Leviticus and Ecclesiastes, hermeneutic approaches of Origen, Augustine, Luther and others, mediaeval readings of the book of Ruth, Luther and Calvin as archetypal Reformation readers of scripture, visual art as a form of biblical interpretation, the emergence of historical-critical models of reading, and the cantatas and Passions of J.S. Bach as instances of affective and intellective interpretation.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Summer 2020
Summer 2018
Begin Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Crosslisted to (1): 
Theological
Minimum: 
5
Maximum: 
20
Schedule Notes: 
This course will be delivered via remote learning
Teaching Method: 
Lectures