New City Church offers a seminar called “Hermeneutics 101” on the art and science of biblical interpretation. The seminar is offered in three sessions.
- Session one is titled “The Bible is Alien to Us.” In this session, the historical and cultural context of the Bible (the ancient Near East) is explored, along with literary elements of Scripture like genre, idiom, metaphor, and myth.
- Session two is titled “We Read the Bible Through Lenses.” In this session, the social location of the Bible’s readers is explored: our own historical, cultural contexts.
- Session three is titled “The Bible is a Story that Points to Jesus + Love.” In this session, the Bible is explored as one, unified Story with the revelation of God in Jesus Christ as the climax and the point of it all.