BB303/503 Principles of Hermeneutics

This subject will introduce you to the methods, tools, and skills necessary for competent and accurate biblical interpretation.

You will learn about ancient manuscripts and textual criticism, discover the importance of recognising different forms of literature (genre) in the Bible, understand the significance of the historical context of the biblical documents, do word studies, and apply the text to new situations. By doing this subject you will develop the skills necessary for the preparation of sermons and bible studies.

Subject CodeBB303 - Undergraduate
BB503 - Graduate
Pre-requisitesAt least one of the core foundation biblical units (NT301/501, NT302/502, OT301/501, OT302/502) Students who have not completed LA004A must complete a short online course before the first class. Contact the Enrolment Coordinator at for more details.
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2019

Dr. Greg Forbes


This subject is designed to give the student competency in analysis of the biblical text. Following completion of the subject the student will be able to write a commentary (exegetical paper) on the text, will be able to critically examine the exegesis of others, and be able to prepare sermons and bible studies from detailed exegetical work.


    This subject will be taught by Dr. Greg Forbes.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks

          • Blomberg, C. L. with Markley, J. F., A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010).
          • (BB503 Students Only) Webb, W. J., Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis (Illinois: IVP, 2001).


          • Greenlee, J. H., Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism (Rev. Ed; Peabody, MS: Hendrickson, 1995).

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