This course teaches essential skills of exegeting biblical texts in a practice-oriented way. Both testaments and different genres are covered. While current theories of interpretation and the broad range of exegetical methods are briefly outlined, the focus is on the practical work of reading, analyzing, and understanding texts both on the literary level as well as in their socio-historic contexts. Each section contains a unique topic reflected in the title, such as: Sermon on the Mount; Miriam, Ruth, & Other Nasty Women; Abraham & Hagar Texts in Genesis.
Prerequisites: BX 101; or OT 101 and NT 101.