In the course of the seminar, the students will be exposed to the plurality of methods available today to help them to better understand the various aspects of a biblical text which often go beyond the range of one particular methodological perspective.
Course Outline: The introduction to the Seminar will register the main methodological assumption of the following approaches: - Historical-critical method. - Narrative criticism. - Reader-oriented criticism. - Reception history. Afterwards, the students will discuss and defend the outcomes of their own research during the series of presentations in the class. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the seminar: - The students will be familiar with some basic assumptions of the exegetical methods. - They will be capable of developing an appropriate strategy for their own research which will be requested during the Seminar. - They will be able to discuss and defend the outcomes of their own research.
GORMAN M.J., Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers (Peabody, Hendrickson 2009); HÜHN P. (Ed.), The Living Handbook of Narratology (URL: http://www.lhn.uni-hamburg.de); PETERSEN D.L. (Ed.), Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Joel M. LeMon and Kent H. Richards (Atlanta, Society of Biblical Literature 2009); PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (Vatican City, LEV 1993); SKA J.L., “Our Fathers Have Told Us.” Introduction to the Analysis of Hebrew Narratives. SubBib 13 (Roma, Pontificio Instituto Biblico 1990).