The general aim of this module is to develop and sharpen critical skill in the reading and explanation of biblical texts.
The biblical material, in this instance is the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapter 5 – 7). It will be explored by interacting with a number of exegetical and hermeneutical perspectives, including historical critical method, theological reading, ethical exegesis and the history of interpretation. The goal is to instil an ethic of reading that allows for differing viewpoints, yet enables and guides you, the student, to independent and evidence-based conclusions which are drawn from conversation and discussion within class, from secondary literature and further insight arising from your own study and experience.
The content, context, genre and canonical significance and interconnections of the text will be considered, moving towards an informed overview from which responsible interpretation can be attempted.