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Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Volume Two
Edited by Jane S. Webster, Glenn S. Holland

Eugene V. Gallagher, Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College, writes: ‘In a context where the general value of the Humanities has increasingly come under question by those who see a college education as necessarily being directly tied to the first job that students will have after they graduate, an ability to make a vigorous case about the contribution of studying the Bible to any college student’s education is crucial for any teacher’.

This second collection of essays edited by Jane Webster and Glenn Holland seeks not only to promote the role of biblical studies in an undergraduate liberal arts education, but also to suggest strategies and approaches for teaching the Bible in a range of academic situations. Combining the theoretical and the practical, this volume will be another useful source of guidance and support for teachers of biblical studies at any point in their professional careers.

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.

978-1-909697-98-0 hardback / 978-1-909697-99-7 paperback
Publication October 2015

Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland


Anthony L. Abell
Twitter in the Classroom

Nicole L. Tilford
What Has Wikipedia to Do with Judah? Using Modern Collaborative Technologies to Teach Pentateuchal Formation

Robby Waddell
Choose Your Own Adventure: Teaching, Participatory Hermeneutics, and the Book of Revelation

Anne W. Stewart and Nicole L. Tilford
Biblical Studies and Digital Storytelling

Eric A. Seibert
Drama in the Biblical Studies Classroom:
Using Role-Plays to Understand History, Do Theology, and Teach Hermeneutics

Seth Heringer
Holistic Learning: Charitable Giving as a Tool to Teach Empathy


Geoffrey David Miller
Creative Writing in Biblical Studies: Engaging Students through Biblical Narratives

Benjamin J. Laugelli
‘Framing’ the Book of Job: Teaching at the Intersection of Biblical Studies and Academic Writing

Sonya Shetty Cronin
Fantasy: The ‘Renewed’ Genre for Making Necessary a Biblical Education for Understanding our Contemporary World

Margaret Cohen
Teaching Foodways as a Fresh Entrée into the World of the Bible


Janet Everhart
Reading Biblical Texts with an Ecological Lens

Lee A. Johnson
Supersessionism as a ‘Narrative Problem’ for New Testament Introductory Courses

Eric A. Seibert
When God Smites: Talking with Students about the Violence of God in the Hebrew Bible


Steven Dunn
Teaching Biblical Studies in an Ability-based Curriculum

Katy E. Valentine
Creating Common Ground: Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Students from Non-Religious Backgrounds

Charles William Miller
In the Beginning: Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Problem of Teaching the Introductory Biblical Studies Course in the General Education Curriculum

Most of the authors acknowledge that effective undergraduate teaching of biblical studies these days involves providing some form of active learning experiences and that creating the space for these experiences can be quite labor intensive. The best of these essays make convincing arguments that the extra effort enhances student learning while at the same time adding a bit of adventure and excitement to the instructors’ experience of the classroom. Whether you are just getting your feet wet in the flood of literature on active, engaged pedagogy or are an old hand at the oars, there is plenty to ponder over in this first-rate book of essays. John Lanci, Review of Biblical Literature.