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The Authority of the Text: the Hermeneutical Question (12 points)


Leader: Stephen Curkpatrick and Peter Howard

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: One symptom of the crisis of authority characteristic of Western culture is the authority of the text and the questioning of texts once assumed to be beyond question. This unit encompasses a study of the specific claims to authority of fundamental texts like the Bible and its interpreters in the early Christian period and explores the ways in which modes of interpretation specific to sacred literature have been displaced into secular literature.

Assessment: Essay (6000 words): 60% + Seminar participation: 10% + Additional written work (3000 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prohibitions: RLT4090, RLM5090

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