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Biblical Literacy in a Secular Manner: Kingship (Highschool)

This flexible schedule class explores the Bible stories of ancient kings of Israel and Judah in comparison with other texts about kingship in the Ancient Near East.
Christy Knockleby
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$11 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 7 weeks
No live meetings

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Students will learn to recognize some of the popular Biblical stories. This is important as many Biblical characters are referenced to within European and North American art and literature.

Students will learn about different theories relating to the history of ancient Israel and the ancient religions of the area. 
I was raised within the United Church of Canada to view the Bible as a historical and literary document. I attended theological studies at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. I'm currently agnostic or even atheist, but fascinated by Biblical history. I have published a book on the topic, titled A Secular Bible Study.
This is a flexible schedule class so we will not be meeting live. Students will be asked to do a weekly reading assignment and to watch the short videos. Then they will be invited to engage the material in a variety of ways including (but not limited to):

- Participating in discussion in the Outschool classroom.
- Writing guessing games and riddles for one another to answer.
- Retelling stories in their own words.
Students will need to use a Bible. They can use a paper one or they may access the Bible through a website. I recommend the New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, or the American Standard Version of the Bible. However, any translation will work as long as it is a translation and not a paraphrased summary of the Bible. Students will be asked to use as well as websites connected with ORACC (, a source for cuneiform texts and translations. I will provide some optional worksheets, but there is no need to print them off if one would prefer to read them on the screen and just type answers.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The Bible does contain mature topics including sexual violence.
I will be using information gleaned from a variety of books, including A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period by Rainer Albertz, The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction by Norman K. Gottwald, The Gospels and Jesus by Graham Stanton, as well as the works of John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. I also draw materials from academic journals.


Christy Knockleby
Lives in Canada
Homeschooling Mother, Perpetual Bookworm, Author
191 total reviews
152 completed classes

About Me

I am a homeschooling mother of three. I have a B.A. in political theory and many years experience teaching online. I've also studied theology and written a book titled A Secular Bible Study as well as a young adult novel titled The Edge of the... 
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