THM3300 Missional Hermeneutics
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Farlow
The Christian scriptures hold the key to the understanding and the praxis of Gods mission. This course examines the historical context of the biblical text, the role of the interpreters social context, and the location of missions in understanding the Bible and participating in the mission of God in todays multi-cultural and multi-religious context.
How This Course Benefits Students:
This bachelor level course is an introduction to the hermeneutics of the biblical text and helps students learn the role of historical context and the readers own context in interpreting the scriptures while being governed by the mission of God. The course will help students learn how the Christian faith and the mission of God is still relevant in any culture of the world and how they can acquire skills to interpret not only the scriptures but also signs of the times and contexts in which they are engaged in missions.
Why This Course Is Important:
Incarnational ministry in diverse cultural situations modeled after Jesus Christ is the need of the hour in our multi-cultural context of the 21st century. For such missional engagement, it is vital to gain insights from the scriptures which provide us examples of how the text communicates to its context. Since the scriptures were written with the purpose of fulfilling Missio Dei, this course in missional hermeneutics will help students read and understand the biblical text from a missional perspective and discover that scripture is concerned with shaping communities of Gods people as centers of demonstrating Kingdom living on earth.