MA7401: Dissertation 2020-21

This is a compulsory module (60 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

The module aims to:

  • consolidate, enhance and refine the research skills learnt at Bachelor’s level study ready for either the pursuit of a research qualification or publication; 
  • foster the self-discipline and resource management skills necessary for successful completion of long-term projects; 
  • stimulate and inculcate a life-long concern for thorough investigation and analysis of challenging issues that arise in Christian ministry.

MA7101 - Hermeneutics 2019-20

This is a compulsory module (40 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

The module aims to:

  • stimulate and establish an analytical and well-informed approach to the complexities of the contemporary Western hermeneutic;
  • establish fluency in the use of a wide range of current methods of biblical interpretation;
  • significantly develop the hermeneutical skills necessary for the handling of a wide range of biblical materials;
  • foster the development and articulation of independent hermeneutical judgement.

Teacher: julie robb

MA7102 - Theology of the Poor 2019-20

This is an optional module (20 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

The module aims to:

  • lead the student into a critical assessment of contemporary attempts to produce an adequate Christian commentary on the phenomenon of poverty and the associated experience of oppression; 
  • engage with the hermeneutical complexities of socio-political decisionmaking; 
  • foster and develop informed evaluation of the solutions proposed to contemporary socio-political problems; 
  • stimulate a student’s passion and life-long engagement with issues of injustice, poverty, inequality, and the abuse of power.

Teacher: julie robb

MA7103 - Old Testament Theology in Context 2020-21

This is an optional module (20 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

The module aims to:

  • assess the contextualised, culture-specific and transposable concepts of Old Testament thought in its Near Eastern context with attention to genre and the use of literary devices such as metaphor, symbolism and imagery; 
  • to equip students with hermenutically valid methods for communicating the Old Testament’s idiom and imagery in the contemporary world; 
  • engender an appreciation for the relevance of the Old Testament’s theological message to theindividual, the faith community and the wider multi-cultural society.

MA7105 - Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts 2020-21

This is an optional module (20 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

This module aims to:

  • foster an approach that is based on the critical investigation of the historical continuity and development of doctrine, and of theological coherence and divergence in biblical analysis, that underpin contemporary pneumatologies;
  • engender an analytical and critically engaged approach to the major diverging paradigms of pneumatological analysis in the contemporary church;
  • prepare students to be thoughtful practitioners in the midst of what is often a contentious and pastorally sensitive issue for many church members. 

MA7301 - Qur’anic and Post Qur’anic Interpretation of Biblical Themes 2020-21

This is an optional module (20 credits) on the MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation. 

The module aims to:

  •  establish a wide-ranging and critically thorough understanding of the contribution of Qur’anic and post-Qur’anic writings to Islamic thought;
  • inculcate the use of critical methodology and analytical tools in the interpretation of Qur’anic and post-Qur’anic writings; 
  • and thereby to foster an analytical approach to the significant Islamic writings both as documents in their historical context and of their reaction to the Bible.