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Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom

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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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Table of Contents

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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Editors
Jane S. Webster, Glenn S. Holland
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978-1-907534-63-8
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ISBN 13 Paperback
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xv + 279
Publication Date
October 2012
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