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Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom


This collection of pedagogical essays reflects the practical experience of instructors who have spent years teaching biblical studies successfully to undergraduates at liberal arts colleges.

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Teaching biblical studies in the undergraduate liberal arts classroom poses many challenges. Do biblical studies deserve a place at a secular liberal arts college? In church-affiliated colleges, should courses in Bible toe the denominational line? Can we claim that biblical studies advance the goals of liberal education, whatever we might think they are?

On a more practical level, how can an instructor engage the attention of students who are taking a course in biblical studies only to fulfill a requirement? How best to begin with students from non-religious backgrounds who begin a course with no real knowledge of the Bible at all? How best to deal with students who already think they know what the Bible is all about, and resist any ideas or approaches that might threaten their ideas?

This collection of pedagogical essays reflects the practical experience of instructors who have spent years teaching biblical studies successfully to undergraduates at liberal arts colleges. The essays address both methodological approaches and specific classroom strategies for teaching biblical studies effectively in a way that advances the skills of thinking and expression that are essential to a liberal arts education. The product of several years of conversation among working professors from an array of liberal arts colleges, these essays offer insights and inspiration for biblical studies instructors who work in a very specific and demanding academic environment.

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PART I: BIBLICAL STUDIES IN THE LIBERAL ARTS MATTHEW C. BALDWIN A Forensic Rationale for Biblical Studies in American Liberal Education SUSANNE SCHOLZ Occupy Academic Bible Teaching STAN HARSTINE and PHILLIP WISELY Challenges to Teaching Biblical Literature as a General Education Requirement GLENN S. HOLLAND ‘Not as the Scribes’: Teaching Biblical Studies in the Liberal Arts Curriculum MURRAY JOSEPH HAAR and ANNA MADSEN What Do Athens and Jerusalem Have to Do with Sioux Falls? CHRISTIAN BRADY Teaching the Bible in a Secular School MARGARET P. COWAN Engaging Diverse Students in a Required Biblical Studies Course SHARON BETSWORTH Arts Integration and Service-Learning in Introduction to Biblical Literature BENJAMIN WHITE The Role of the Upper-Level Biblical Studies Seminar PART II: PEDAGOGICAL THEORY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES COURSES SHANE KIRKPATRICK Teaching the Material and Teaching the Students JANET S. EVERHART Service-Learning in Undergraduate Biblical Studies Courses J. BRADLEY CHANCE The Reality of Multiple Voices in Biblical Religion ALISON SCHOFIELD Collaborative Learning and the Pedagogy of the Bible BRYAN D. BIBB Shifting Contexts and Goals for Introducing the Bible PART III: CASE STUDIES JONATHAN DAVID LAWRENCE Bible-Trek, Next Generation: Adapting a Bible Survey Course for a New Audience JANET EVERHART Dildos and Dismemberment: Reading Difficult Biblical Texts Classroom AMY C. COTTRILL Reading Textual Violence as ‘Real’ Violence CARL TONEY Engaging Students Online: Using Wiki Technology MARGARET E. RAMEY What’s the Harm in Harmonization? Using Jesus Films JANE S. WEBSTER Teaching with Meta-questions RUSSELL ARNOLD Course Design and the Use of Meta-Questions RODNEY K. DUKE Biblical Studies and Metacognitive Reading Skills SUSAN E. HYLEN Teaching Revelation to the Left Behind Generation

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  1. Phillip Sherman, Review of Biblical Literature.

    [A] … fantastic collection that demonstrates clearly how much very good teaching and learning is taking place in classrooms across the country. I humbly suggest that every graduate program in biblical studies add this work … to their required reading list for students.

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Jane S. Webster, Glenn S. Holland
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