Themes of Hermeneutics of the New Testament

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΕΡΜΗΝΕΥΤΙΚΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΑΙΝΗΣ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗΣ / Themes of Hermeneutics of the New Testament
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID60002665

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 7
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
COREElective Courses2110
Holy ScriptureCompulsory Course2110
Religious StudiesCompulsory Course2110

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course for the students is to acquire a more complete and informative knowledge for the theories of exegesis of New Testament text and for the contribution of the science of Hermeneutics to its understanding.
By the successful completion of the course, the students should be able:
  • to know the major issues of the science of Hermeneutics
  • to discern and to implement the proper ways of hermeneutical approach to each text case
  • to apply the critical reading and develop the hermeneutical ability for the understanding of the New Testament text.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Ancient and modern hermeneutical methods are analyzed and the contemporary implementation is presented, with emphasis on the modern linguistic and literary theories. In parallel, the patristic and ecclesial Hermeneutics is presented and exploited.
  1. Capitals of orthodox Hermeneutics.
  2. Hermeneutics of the early Ecclesia.
  3. Patristic Hermeneutics.
  4. a)Presentation of representative books and studies. b)Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the P.P.S. of the School, the “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology”.
  5. The philosophical background of the modern hermeneutical methods.
  6. The linguistic pattern of the modern Hermeneutics.
  7. The sociological pattern of the modern Hermeneutics.
  8. a)Presentation of representative books and studies. b)Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the P.P.S. of the School, the “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology”.
  9. Hermeneutics of the Gospels. The question of historical Jesus.
  10. Hermeneutics of the Pauline literature. Hermeneutical perspectives of Paul.
  11. Hermeneutics of the Apocalypse.
  12. a)Presentation of representative books and studies. b)Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the P.P.S. of the School, the “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology”.
  13. Presentation of representative books and studies.
Hermeneutics, patristic Hermeneutics, modern hermeneutical methods, linguistic hermeneutical pattern, sociological hermeneutical pattern, philosophical hermeneutical background.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle e-Education platform.
Educational use of the e-mail.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment251
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
Written assignments (70%). Oral examination in the assignment (30%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Π. Βασιλειάδη, Θέματα Oρθόδοξης Ερμηνευτικής, Α.Π.Θ., Θεσσαλονίκη 1985.
2. R. Gibellini. Η Θεολογία του εικοστού αιώνα, μετφρ. Π. Υφαντής, ΑΡΤΟΣ ΖΩΗΣ, Αθήνα 2002.
Additional bibliography for study
  1. C. Bartholomew – C. Greene – K. Moller, After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation, vol. 2, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2001.
  2. P. Cotterell and M. Turner, Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1989.
  3. P. Ricoeur, Essays on Biblical Interpretation, Fortress Press, 2005.
  4. W.A. Meeks, In Search of the Early Christians, Yale University 2002.
  5. R. Selden, Μ. Πεχλιβάνος, Μ. Χρυσανθόπουλος (επιμ.), Από τον φορμαλισμό στον μεταδομισμό, Θεσσαλονίκη : Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών. Ίδρυμα Μανόλη Τριανταφυλλίδη, 2004.
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