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CODE SHG1010

 
TITLE Biblical Inspiration and Interpretation

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

 
DESCRIPTION Biblical inspiration has been at the fore of debates on the philosophical and theological levels. This study-unit will give an overview of these debates and their implications for theological studies in general, and Biblical studies in particular, with special focus on the extension of inspiration in the Bible, and its consequences for a correct interpretation of Scripture texts.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at exploring a functional definition of inspiration and of its extension in the Bible. This will have practical implications on Biblical interpretation itself. Therefore, this study-unit aims at studying the function of the two phenomena of inspiration and interpretation of the Bible for theological studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define Biblical inspiration from the philosophical perspective;
- define Biblical inspiration from the theological perspective;
- describe the extension of inspiration in Biblical texts;
- summarize the teachings of the Church Magisterium on Biblical inspiration and interpretation;
- discuss how both phenomena of inspiration and interpretation have their roots in the Bible itself;
- articulate the various senses of the Biblical texts.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the philosophical and theological phenomena of Biblical inspiration and interpretation;
- formulate a working definition of inspiration and interpretation so as to propose Biblical theology as the foundation of the whole of theology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

VATICAN COUNCIL II, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum Solemnly Promulgated By His Holiness Pope Paul VI, (18 November 1965).
BENEDICT XVI, Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, (30 September 2010).
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION, The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, (18 March 1994).

- ABELA Anton, Kelmet Alla f'Kitbiet il-Bniedem, Malta 1989.
- ABELA Anton, (ed.), Il-Bibbja minsuga f'hajjet il-Poplu ta' Alla, Malta 1995.
- COLLINS Raymond F., "Inspiration". In The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, edited by Raymond E. Brown – Joseph A. Fitzmyer – Roland E. Murphy, Englewood Cliffs/NJ: Prentice Hall Inc., 2nd edition, 1990, art. 65: 1023-1033.
- COLLINS Raymond F., Introduction to the New Testament, New York 1983, pp.317-355.
- ELLIS E. Earle, Interpretation of the Bible within the Bible itself. In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998, 53-63.
- GNUSE Robert, The Authority of the Bible, New York/Mahwah, Paulist Press,1985.
- GROBEL Kendrick, Interpretation, History and principles of. In The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, edited by George A. Buttrick, vol. 2, Nashville/TN: Abingdon Press 1962, 718-724.
- LAMPE Geoffrey W.H., Inspiration and Revelation. In The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, edited by George A. Buttrick, vol. 2, Nashville/TN: Abingdon Press 1962, 713-718.
- LEVORATTI Armando J., How to Interpret the Bible. In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998, 9-35.
- LEVORATTI Armando J., The Power of the Word of God. In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998, 1-8.
- MARTIN Francis – MCEVENUE Sean, Truth Told in the Bible: Biblical poetics and the question of truth. In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998, 116-127.
- OTTEN Willemien, The Power of the Bible in the Middle Ages. In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998, 48-52.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Joseph Ciappara

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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