Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

1) VSM B201 Understanding our Community’s Book: Interpreting Scripture - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to provide a practical introduction to the science of interpretation and give the student the necessary skills to conduct their own inductive, systematic study of Scripture.

Learning Outcomes

The course will enable the student to:

1. Gain a working definition of biblical hermeneutics and increase awareness of the issues involved in the interpretive process.
2. Understand basic issues of semantics and exegetical methodology for different literary genres found in the Bible.
3. Draw parallels and contrasts between the Bible and African wisdom, narrative, legal, and parabolic literature.
4. Introduce the inductive method of Bible Study and empower the student with the necessary tools to interpret Scripture for themselves.
5. Address issues of application so that proper interpretation translates into proper theology and relevance to contemporary issues.

Course Content
The student will investigate the African way of understanding Biblical culture and context in terms of African culture and context. The course will examine the differing types of biblical literature including narrative, law, prophets, poetry/wisdom, epistles, gospels, parables, and apocalyptic literature.

Course Resources

Fee, Gordon & Stuart, Douglas How To Read The Bible For All It’s Wort., Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub, 1993.
Kinoti, Hannah W. & Waliggo, John M. (Eds), The Bible in African Christianity: Essays in Biblical Theology. Nairobi: Acton Pub., 1997.
Manus, Ukachukwu, Chris, Intercultural Hermeneutics in Africa: Methods and Approaches. Nairobi: Acton Pub., 2003
Mugambi, J.N.K. and Laurenti Magesa (Eds). Jesus in African Christianity: Experimentation and Diversity in African Christology. Nairobi: Initiative Publishers, 1989