Contemporary Biblical Studies
Strand: Theology & Ministry
Module Director: Andrew Village
Offered: Term 1 Autumn 2013-14 at York
Timetable: Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
This module contributes to postgraduate
provision in Theology & Religious Studies (Theology and
Ministry). The aim is to enable students to examine current
trends in Hermeneutics and Biblical Studies. Students will learn
how the emphasis of academic biblical study has changed in the last
50 years, and engage at a postgraduate level with some issues of
meaning raised by the study of hermeneutics. They will apply this
knowledge by observing and analysing biblical interpretation in
church contexts and by exegeting biblical texts.
For those who have little experience in
biblical studies, the following are useful introductions:
Boxall, I. (2007). SCM studyguide to New
Testament interpretation London: SCM.
Boxall, I. (2007). SCM studyguide to the
books of the New Testament London: SCM.
Holdsworth, J. (2005). SCM studyguide: The
Old Testament. London: SCM.
Holgate, D. A., & Starr, R. (2006). SCM studyguide to
Biblical hermeneutics. London: SCM.
More advanced introductions are:
Crossley, J. (2010). Reading the New
Testament: Contemporary Approaches. London: Routledge.
Gooder, P. (Ed.). Searching for
meaning. Louisville, KY: SPCK/Westminster John Knox Press.
Tate, W. R. (2008). Biblical
interpretation (3rd ed.). Peabody, MA:
We will be using some examples from:
Fowl, S. E. (2008). Engaging
Scripture. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers. ISBN
1606081128. This can be found through Amazon.
Other texts that might be useful:
Adam, A. K. M., Fowl, S. E., Vanhoozer, K. J.,
& Watson, F. (Eds.). (2006). Reading Scripture with the
Church: Toward a Hermeneutic for Theological Interpretation.
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Anderson, J. C., & Moore, S. D. (Eds.).
(2008). Mark and method. New approaches in biblical
studies (2nd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress
Thiselton, A. C. (1992). New horizons in
hermeneutics. London: HarperCollins. (An advanced text)
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