Patristic Exegesis

The course offers an in-depth study of biblical interpretation in patristic times. The student learns to account for differences and similarities in primary sources and to analyze them in light of their historical contexts and functions and to identify the questions the material aims at answering. The course also provides theoretical tools for understanding the patristic endeavor in terms of modern hermeneutics and biblical criticism. In addition to classical patristic sources, the student is provided with examples relating to women, the use of the bible in genres such as hagiography (i.e. rewritings), and the medieval reception of patristic texts in various Orthodox Christian languages.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • identify similarities and differences in the understanding and use of the Bible in patristic sources 
  • analyze the variety in approach in terms of a text’s historical context(s) and practical function(s) 
  • summarize major lines of thoughts in the patristic bible endeavor and reflect critically on theories and methods in both historical and modern approaches to the bible
  • argue for trends and development of biblical interpretation over time

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

Bartholomew, Craig G. Introducion Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2015 (pp 279-484).

Behr, John (ed. and trans) Origen, On First Principles, A Reader’s Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020 (100 pages)

Hill, Robert C. Reading the Old Testament in Antioch. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature 2010 [originally published: Leiden: Brill, 2005] (201 pages).

Young, Francis. Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 [1997] (299 pages).

Scholarly Articles: 100 pages (provided by the teacher)

Primary sources: 150 pages (provided by the teacher)

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat


A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Hemtentamen
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  • Seminarier

60 credits in Theology, including 30 credits from Introductory courses, and the courses Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits, and History of Eastern Christianity (Intermediate level) 7,5 credits or equivalent.

Alternatively: 60 credits in Theology: Theology, introductory courses, 30 credits, the courses Text, kontext och livstolkning/Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits and Teologi, religion och kyrka i Sverige/Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden 15 hp, or eqvivalent.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 11 mars 2022.