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TEOL2725: Methods and Tools for Biblical Interpretation

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Person responsible for the course:Glenn Øystein Wehus (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Essay (Word study) – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2021-08-16 16. Aug 20212021-08-01 1. Aug 2021
Submission deadline:09:00
Release date for results: 2. Sep 2021

General information

The focus of this course is on the methods and tools necessary for historical, literary and theological interpretations of the Bible. Part A focuses on the different methods in historical and literary criticism. Part B aims to teach students to use the tools necessary for doing biblical exegesis. Students will learn the basic structure of Biblical Hebrew and Greek and their alphabets, and 25 key words in Hebrew/Greek that will aid them in navigating scholarly literature and biblical commentaries. Students will also learn to apply this knowledge to the study of the Biblical text using resources such as lexica, grammars and most importantly, digital tools.
Prerequisites: TEOL1715

Overlapping courses

TEOL2725 overlaps with TEOL2715. Students who have already completed emnekode will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for TEOL2725 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend 60% of the lectures
  • Pass 6 of 10 weekly assignments or quizzes.
  • Complete a draft of a biblical word study with a word count of at least 1000 words within the given deadline (see syllabus for details)
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
  • When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment for this course is based on the final draft of a Biblical Word Study (1000-1500 words). The first draft of this must be submitted within the given deadline in order to meet the course requirement. The topic for the Biblical Word Study will be chosen by the student from a list available from the instructor at the beginning of the semester. In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfill the course requirements within the fixed deadline. The course and final exam will be graded as A-E (Pass) or F (Fail).

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • a good knowledge of historical critical methods of biblical interpretation of Old and New Testament texts
  • a good knowledge of literary methods of interpreting Old and New Testament texts
  • knowledge of the history of the interpretation of the Bible
  • knowledge of hermeneutical questions related to the reading and interpretation of biblical texts
The student can:
  • apply different methods of interpretation with the active use of study aids
  • reflect on hermeneutical differences between a plain reading of the text and a historical critical interpretation
The student has:
  • a good knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek alphabets
  • a good knowledge of 25 biblical key words their original language
  • knowledge of the grammatical structures of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek
  • knowledge of different tools for biblical exegesis
The student can:
  • use exegetical tools such as lexica, grammars, and commentaries
  • utilize digital tools in the study of biblical passages
  • perform a detailed biblical word study
  • interpret the results of a biblical word study within a historical critical framework


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:



  • Silzer, P. J. & Finley, T. J. (2004). How biblical languages work: A student's guide to learning greek and hebrew (2. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mi.: Kregel . Library

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