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Interpreting I Competency 2: Tips

Competency 2. “Gain a basic grasp of the discipline of hermeneutics (the art of interpretation), thus equipping the student with foundational principles essential in interpreting and validating the author's intended meaning expressed in the text, as well as translating its relevancy to the twenty-first century.”

  • You may use any evidence you have to demonstrate competency.
  • No project or Socratic discussion question specifically makes reference to “the discipline of hermeneutics,” but Units 1 and 2 are all about hermeneutics. Most of the readings in Units 1 and 2 provide lots of insight about hermeneutics. This competency is about big ideas related to interpretation, such as the crucial role of the author, the difference between meaning and significance, the importance of thinking about biblical books as whole documents, and keeping canonical section in mind.
  • It is generally a good idea to pause at the end of Unit 2 to capture your thoughts about the discipline of hermeneutics. Because you are likely to be relying heavily on the course readings, you should be in good position to meet the criteria on interaction with course resources.
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