What is the course about?
The course introduces you to principles for interpreting the Bible, based on different approaches from biblical scholars. You will also practise applying these principles by interpreting key texts from the Old and New Testaments which relate to big theological and moral questions.
What will we cover?
• Key ways to interpret the Bible based on literary and historical perspectives.
• The creation stories of Genesis.
• Key texts in the gospels.
• Texts on the role of women in the letters of Paul.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify and explain key principles in biblical interpretation.
• Apply key principles to texts from the Old and New Testament.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need a basic understanding of the Bible. Learners from any or no faith perspective are welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• The course will be taught on a single Saturday morning and therefore no advance preparation is needed.
• There will be a combination of different media, lecture-style teaching, individual work and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• Some handouts with key principles and texts will be provided. Please bring a pen and paper to make notes. You may also wish to bring a Bible.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity. (RHRS28) in June 2020, which is also taught by Andrew Grey.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details