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Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom
Edited by Jane S. Webster, Glenn S. Holland
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.
Jane S. Webster is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barton College, Wilson, North Carolina.
Glenn S. Holland is Bishop James Mills Thoburn Professor of Religious Studies, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania.
|978-1-907534-63-8 hardback / 978-1-907534-81-2 paperback|
|Publication October 2012|
PART I: BIBLICAL STUDIES IN THE LIBERAL ARTS
MATTHEW C. BALDWIN
A Forensic Rationale for Biblical Studies in American Liberal Education
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?
Teaching the Bible in a Secular School
MARGARET P. COWAN
Engaging Diverse Students in a Required Biblical Studies Course
Arts Integration and Service-Learning in Introduction to Biblical Literature
The Role of the Upper-Level Biblical Studies Seminar
PART II: PEDAGOGICAL THEORY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES COURSES
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
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
Dildos and Dismemberment: Reading Difficult Biblical Texts Classroom
AMY C. COTTRILL
Reading Textual Violence as ‘Real’ Violence
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
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
[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. Phillip Sherman, Review of Biblical Literature.