Semiotics and Bible

Course Information
TitleΣημειωτική και Βίβλος / Semiotics and Bible
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID600014275

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
The course aims to present Semiotics as a broad scientific approach to all branches of culture and its utilization as a means of understanding and interpreting biblical texts. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: * understand semiotic theory and its terminology * to apply, within the framework of theological science, the tools of Semiotics for the interpretation of biblical texts
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The subject of Semiotics, Semiotic Theory, and its basic terminology are presented, and the main issues raised in the application of Semiotics in biblical exegesis are discussed. In particular, the way of semiotic analysis of the biblical texts is taught and the epistemological frameworks within which it can be properly carried out are defined. Exercises of the semiotic methodology are practiced in Bible texts. 1. The sense of the Semiotics. Definitions. 2. Theory of the codes. 3. Theory of the production of the signs. 4. Semiotics and biblical science. Semiotics and Theology. 5. Narrative Semiotics. Biblical examples. 6. Communicative Semiotics. Biblical examples. 7. Psyco-Semiotics.Biblical examples. 8. Semiotic analysis of texts. The hermeneutical prerequisites of the biblical texts. 9. Semiotic analysis of selected biblical texts. 10. Semiotic analysis of selected biblical texts. 11. Semiotic analysis of selected biblical texts. 12. Semiotic analysis of selected biblical texts. 13. Semiotic analysis of selected biblical texts.
Semiotics, semiotic analysis of texts, biblical semiotic analysis.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.4
Written assigments301.2
Student Assessment
Submission of an assignment and the oral examination on it (70%).
The classroom participation (5%), the practice (15%) and the attendance of scientific conferences (10%) are assessed in addition.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Α.-Φ. Λαγόπουλος - Κ. Boklund-Λαγοπούλου, Θεωρία Σημειωτικής, εκδ. Πατάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Barthes, Roland (1915-1980), Στοιχεία σημειολογίας, μετάφραση-επιμέλεια Χαράλαμπος Μαγουλάς, Επέκεινα, Τρίκαλα, 2013. 2. Fabbri, Paolo, Σημειωτική στροφή, μετάφραση Ευάγγελος Κουρδής, Αναστασία-Χ. Χριστοδούλου, Θεσσαλονίκη, University Studio Press, 2012. 3. Δημητρίου, Σωτήρης, Λεξικό όρων επικοινωνίας και σημειωτικής ανάλυσης, Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα, 1988. 4. Έκο, Ουμπέρτο, Θεωρία Σημειωτικής, μτφρ. Έφη Καλλιφατίδη, Γνώση, Αθήνα, 1994. 5. Καψωμένος, Ερατοσθένης, Κώδικες και σημασίες, Αρσενίδης, Αθήνα, 1990. 6. Λαγόπουλος, Πέτρος Μαρτινίδης, Κάριν Μπόκλουντ-Λαγοπούλου (επιμ.), Η δυναμική των σημείων: Πεδία και μέθοδοι μιας κοινωνιοσημειωτικής, Θεσσαλονίκη, Επίκεντρο, 2005.
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