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Overview: Hermeneutics (Greek for “interpretation”) covers some of the key principles for studying the Bible with the goal of hearing its intended message. Among these essential elements, students will be introduced to aspects of the Bible’s composition (from oral tradition to written documents, redaction, collection and canonization) along with the challenges of interpreting various biblical genres. Special attention will be paid to the apostolic and patristic (versus modern rationalist) approach to interpreting Biblical narrative in light of and through the lens of Christ and the gospel (a la the Road to Emmaus). Finally, we’ll discuss contextualizing God’s self-revealed message in our contemporary world as it shapes and informs life.