Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID60005089

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
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 is the acquisition of knowledge on the history and the theory of the hermeneutical methods of the Bible and the acquisition abilities in the application of ancient and modern methods of interpretation on the biblical text. More specifically, the knowledge and the familiarization with the modern hermeneutical methods in combination with the exploitation of the patristic hermeneutical tradition for a contemporary interpretative action.
By the successful completion of the class it is expected for the students
  • to know the theory and the practice of the ancient and modern hermeneutical methods
  • to approach critically and discern the contribution of each hermeneutical method to the exegesis of the biblical texts.
  • to apply the proper hermeneutical methods to the exegesis of the biblical text.
  • to exploit and to combine the patristic hermeneutical tradition with the modern hermeneutical theory and practice.
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
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course of the Hermeneutics of the biblical texts informs about the object, the methodology and the purpose of the discipline of Hermeneutics. Ancient and modern hermeneutical methods of the Bible are presented and evaluated, and their application to the biblical text is taught. More specifically, language is considered as a mean of exegesis of the biblical texts. Modern linguistic and literary hermeneutical theories are presented and evaluated, and their application to the biblical texts is taught.
  1. Definition of the discipline of Hermeneutics. The relationship between language and interpretation.
  2. The interpretation in the ancient world, Greek and Jewish one.
  3. The New Testament interprets the Old Testament.
  4. The exegesis of the Saint Scripture in the early Ecclesia.
  5. The exegesis of the Saint Scripture in the Middle Ages.
  6. The patristic exegetical tradition. Theology, Exegesis and Hermeneutics. Ecclesia and Hermeneutics.
  7. Hermeneutical methods of the modern times. Historic-philological criticism, form-criticism and redaction criticism method.
  8. Rhetorical criticism, narrative criticism and stucturalist criticism.
  9. Reception and intertextuality. Reader’s response analysis.
  10. Cultural and comparative analysis. Socio-scientific analysis.
  11. Semantic analysis, historic-social and pragmatic analysis.
  12. Liturgical and performative method. Ascetic Hermeneutics.
  13. Steps of the hermeneutical process. Exploitation of the sources of the human sciences. Exploitation of the means of technology and electronic information.
New Testament, New Testament Herneneutics, Biblical Herneneutics, patristic exegesis, modern hermeneutical methods.
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
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
A two-hour written examination by questions for a short development of taught issues (70%).
The classroom participation (5%), the homework (15%) and the attendance of scientific conferences (10%) are assessed in addition.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Επιλογή Συγγραμμάτων
  • Βιβλίο [68402693]: Πριν τη θεωρία. Προδρομική Πατερική Ερμηνευτική, Κυριακούλα Παπαδημητρίου
Additional bibliography for study
  1. Κ. Παπαδημητρίου, Ερμηνεύοντας την ειρήνη στην Καινή Διαθήκη. Σύγχρονες ερμηνευτικές προσεγγίσεις, ΠΟΥΡΝΑΡΑΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009.
  2. Κ. Παπαδημητρίου, Γλώσσα και ερμηνεία της Καινής Διαθήκης, UNIVERSITY STUDIO PRESS, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004.
  3. P. Gooder, Αναζητώντας το νόημα, μετφρ. Χ. Ατματζίδη-Αικ. Τσαλαμπούνη, ΠΟΥΡΝΑΡΑΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010.
  4. π. Γ.B. Φλωρόφσκυ, Αγία Γραφή, Εκκλησία, Παράδοσις, μετφρ. Δ. Τσάμη, ΠΟΥΡΝΑΡΑΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 1998.
  5. Ι. Παναγοπούλου, Η ερμηνεία της Αγίας Γραφής στην Εκκλησία των πατέρων, ΑΚΡΙΤΑΣ, Αθήνα 1991.
  6. Κ. Μπελέζου, Χρυσόστομος και απόστολος Παύλος, ΔΙΗΓΗΣΗ, Αθήνα 2008.
  7. Ν. Ματσούκα, «Αγία Γραφή και Παράδοση κατά τις ερμηνευτικές αρχές της αρχαίας Εκκλησίας», Δελτίο Βιβλικών Μελετών (Ιούλ.-Δεκ. 1985), 41-50.
  8. R. Gibellini, Η Θεολογία του εικοστού αιώνα, μετφρ. Π. Υφαντής, ΑΡΤΟΣ ΖΩΗΣ, Αθήνα 2002.
  9. J.B. Green (ed.), Hearing the New Testament. Strategies for Interpretation, W.B. Eerdmans P.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan 1995.
  10. H-G. Gadamer, Truth and Method, transl. J. Weinsheimer and D.G. Marshall, New York: Continuum, 1994.
  11. P. Ricoeur, Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation, transl. J.B. Thompson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
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