Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
African American, Culture, Education, Hermeneutics, Solutions, Twenty-first Century
Christianity | Higher Education | Practical Theology
Montague, Jacqueline, "Biblical Hermeneutics For The Twenty-First Century African American Church: Introducing Seven Key Solutions Promoting Higher Education" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 869.
Despite the fact that education builds knowledge, higher learning through Seminary is preached from many African American pulpits as having little merit. The author's hope is to channel broader understanding on how the seminary experience can make a difference in accomplishing the assignment commissioned by Jesus to a postmodern society. To achieve this goal, the author divulges the importance and necessity of seminary studies from a semiotic approach. Research includes a study of the hermeneutic circle and its three parts: text, messenger, and listeners; collected data from culture analyses and statistical reports to comprise three pastoral interviews. The objective is to set enslaved convictions free by introducing seven key solutions promoting higher learning, illuminating the vital link between knowledge and hermeneutics for the twenty-first century church.