Details for Biblical Interpretation

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB587
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Johnny Kumar


The following courses are prerequisites or co-requisites:

Awards offering Biblical Interpretation

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Explain the purposes and principles of biblical interpretation
  2. Evaluate the development and history of interpretation
  3. Assess the importance of context in interpreting biblical texts
  4. Critically evaluate the role of the reader in the process of interpretation
  5. Summarise and appraise the literary aspect of a biblical text.

Subject Content

  • Introduction
  • The Canon and Translations
  • The History of Interpretation
  • Introduction to key Philosophers
  • Literary Context
  • Historical-Cultural Background
  • Genres of the Old Testament
  • Genres of the New Testament
  • The Role of the Interpreter
  • Applying Text to Context
  • Contemporary Approaches to the Bible
  • The Role of the Holy Spirit

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided