The course will deal with the general theological aspects of the Bible such as, its reality as the word of God, inspiration, the truth of the Bible and biblical canon. The course further aims to provide an introduction to hermeneutical and exegetical method. There will then be a consideration of the hermeneutical principles underlying some of the more recent trends. In this regard, particular attention will be given to the catholic hermeneutical principles.
R. E. BROWN, The Critical Meaning of the Bible, London: Chapman 1981; J. A. FITZMYER, An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture, Rome: PIB 1990; J. A. FITZMYER, The Biblical Commission’s Document “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Rome: PIB 1995; P. S. WILLIAMSON, Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture, Rome: PIB 2001; G. W. DAWES, Introduction to the Bible, Liturgical Press, Minnesota, 2007; L. M. McDONALD, The Biblical Canon, Hendrickson, Peabody, 2007.