This course will examine troublesome biblical texts by exploring hermeneutical methods that emphasize reading biblical texts redemptively within their ancient-world setting and canonical development. Students will shape the selection of texts and topics, and will interact in depth from a range of possible subjects such as: the ownership and harsh treatment of slaves, the corporal beating of children, the cutting off of a wife's hand, the forced marriage/rape of female war captives, the genocide instructions of holy war, the collective punishment of an entire family or generation for the crime of a single person, inequality between men and women, the prohibition of homosexuality and premarital sex, a supposedly loving God casting people into eternal, never-ending torment, etc. Students will reflect on how our contemporary horizon unwittingly impacts the understanding of difficult texts with both positive and negative contributions. Ultimately, students will wrestle with how textual meanings and biblical authority apply to life today. Prerequisite: BIBL 0501. Same as OLDT 0541.
Course Code: NEWT 0541 | Credit Hours: | Seminary Graduate Course