THL517 Advanced Biblical Exegesis (16)

This subject involves detailed exegesis of a portion of the Bible, in its original language, at an advanced level. The student will engage with contemporary critical views of biblical interpretation, and undertake a thorough exegetical and hermeneutical exploration of a specific biblical passage. The student will translate the selected passage and examine a range of critical issues (text-critical issues, literary and historical context, literary structure, relevant critical approach(es), e.g., form, narrative, sociological, ideological, etc., as appropriate to the chosen passage, together with engagement with select hermeneutical questions raised by the passage.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL517. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Theology students only

Incompatible Subjects

THL437, THL439

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake detailed exegesis of a portion of the Bible, in its original language, at postgraduate level;
  • be able to provide a critical analysis of the hermeneutical issues involved in an advanced reading of the biblical text;
  • be able to provide a detailed exegesis of a chosen biblical passage, in which methods specified are applied to the text at postgraduate level;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate academic engagement and discussion skills through interaction with the subject co-ordinator;
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, writing and communication skills through preparation and presentation of substantial exegetical essay.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Selection of biblical passage: Student and subject co-ordinator agree upon a passage from the Bible on which the student is to present a major exegetical paper - passages may be selected from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Apocrypha, or the Greek New Testament;
  • Guided reading: The subject coordinator and the student will agree on readings appropriate to the student's topic which encompass broader hermeneutical concerns as well as relevant exegetical methods. Such reading might include attention to text-critical issues, literary and historical context, literary structure, relevant critical approach(es) (e.g., form, narrative, sociological, ideological, etc.) as appropriate to the chosen passage.
  • Submission of substantial essay: Students will develop a substantial essay which attends to the exegetical and hermeneutical issues involved in the interpretation of the selected passage.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.