Universität Wien

010018 PS Exegetical methods (2021S)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German



UPDATE 02/19/2021: The course begins in digital-synchronous form. The link to ZOOM can be found on Moodle.

UPDATE 02/02/2021: The course begins in digital-synchronous form. The link to BigBlueButton can be found on Moodle.

According to the Rectorate, the same planning assumptions apply to the preparations for the coming summer semester 2021 as for the winter semester 2020/21 (digital; hybrid; on-site, provided the number of infections allows and it is technically necessary).


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and most important methods of scientific interpretation of the Bible using Old and New Testament texts. Selected methods of exegesis are presented, tried out and discussed. The students' own hermeneutic approach as well as the contextuality of any interpretation and its significance for the interpretation of the Bible, including as Holy Scripture, play an important role for the seminar.
The primary goals of the course include the acquisition of the ability to critically deal with exegetical specialist literature, the ability to apply the most important methods of exegesis to biblical texts in practice, as well as increasing independence in the formation of judgments on specialist biblical discussions and different hermeneutical concepts.
Methods: Lecture by the seminar leader, joint testing and discussion of the most important methods in the introductory seminar, independent application of the method steps to selected biblical texts (individually, in pairs and in groups), writing of an overall interpretation in the form of an e-portfolio. The presence phases in the proseminar are supplemented by independent work on the text ("blended learning" via Moodle).

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance at the first meeting is mandatory!
Course with immanent examination character.
The final grade evaluates: participation and cooperation, homework and portfolio.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Evaluation key:
25% attendance (only two unexcused absenteeism allowed) and participation
45% homework
25% final portfolio
5% layout, style, creativity

Those who miss the seminar more than three times cannot receive a positive grade.

Examination topics

Qualification for the practical application of the methods and content imparted in the proseminar in the form of the points mentioned above.

[The German version is binding.]

Reading list

The Powerpoint presentation and material sheets for the proseminar are made accessible via the learning platform Moodle.

Dohmen, Christoph: Die Bibel und ihre Auslegung (Beck'sche Reihe 2099), München 3.Aufl. 2011.
Fischer, Georg: Wege in die Bibel. Leitfaden zur Auslegung. Unter Mitarbeit von Boris Repschinski und Andreas Vonach, Stuttgart, 4. Aufl. 2011.
Hieke, Thomas/Schöning, Benedict: Methoden alttestamentlicher Exegese, Darmstadt 2017.
Utzschneider, Helmut / Nitsche, Stefan Ark: Arbeitsbuch literaturwissenschaftliche Bibelauslegung. Eine Methodenlehre zur Exegese des Alten Testaments, Gütersloh 4. Aufl. 2013.
Päpstliche Bibelkommission: Die Interpretation der Bibel in der Kirche, 23. April 1993 (Verlautbarungen des Apostolischen Stuhls 115).

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 01, 033 195 (17W) BRP 04krp, 033 195 (17W) BRP 04ktb, 033 195 (17W) BRP 04rwb, auslaufende Studienpläne: STEOP 2 für 011 (11W)
Master RW 066 800 M08

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:25