“Genre” is a term borrowed from the field of literature and composition that refers to the “style” in which a piece of literature is composed. Different types of literature have different expectations and structures of composition, such that one who would read and interpret these different types of literature must be alert to these differences lest the interpreter be baffled or misled in terms of the author’s intention. E.g., one must know the difference between a poem and a legal contract to interpret either properly. The Bible is composed of 66 different books, falling within at least five different types of genre. This course introduces the student to the implications of this, with attentiveness to what difference these genres make to reading and interpreting God’s Word with competence.
- Teacher: Shannon Lamb