Interpretation, Theory and Method with Paper

In this course, students learn to interpret religious texts within different contexts and from different perspectives, as well as the human work of art. What does it mean to understand a historical, theological, or philosophical text, and which tools and methods of interpretation are relevant? How are we to encounter the human work of art? Students engage in theoretical reflection as well as in practical application of various methods through interpretative exercises. The course also discusses gender aspects of religious experience, ethical aspects of interpretation, and personal responsibility for the consequences of interpretation. Special emphasis is placed on source criticism and on the historical, literary, and ideological contexts to which the texts belong.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • display basic knowledge about the history of hermeneutics, and a critical awareness of theological, philosophical and ethical perspectives on textual interpretation
  • be able to employ basic methods for interpreting religious texts and experiences, and the human work of art, and be able to account for these in oral presentation and in writing
  • be able to reflect on theological and ethical consequences of interpretation

Bianchi, Enzo, 2014. God, where are you? London: Paraclete Press. (156 p)

Džalto, Davor, 2015. The Human Work of Art: A Theological Appraisal of Christianity and the Death of the Artist. London, UK: SPCK Publishing (154 pp.)

Kolitz, Zvi, 2000. Yosl Rakover talks to God. New York: Vintage Books (120 p)

McKenzie, Steven L., 2005. How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today. New York: Oxford University Press. (176 p).

Zimmermann, Jens, 2015. Hermeneutics: : A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press. (142 p)

Additional articles for interpretation excercises.

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Öppna schemat

Sara Gehlin

Teol.dr, högskolelektor, ämnesföreträdare kyrkohistoria med missionsvetenskap och ekumenik



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Grundläggande behörighet.

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 22 januari 2020.