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Exploring the Bible and Biblical Literature - Ongoing Class

In this ongoing class, we explore the bible from multiple religious (Christianity and Judaism), historical, and academic perspectives
Professor Dave, PhD
62 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 30 learners
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Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
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I have a PhD in Religious Studies from McGill University (a secular institution), and have taught many courses in the academic study of religion at university since 2008.  I have also published widely in peer reviewed academic journals on biblical literature.  See my Teacher Profile for more details.  
Students are encouraged to pre-read the biblical passage for the upcoming week before class.  
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This class approaches the bible as literature using the secular tools of academic analysis.  The presentation will be both respectful and neutral with respect to the subject matter, open to those of any world religion or none at all.  It is not presumed the the students will have any interest in the bible other than as history and literature, nor will my personal beliefs be presented.  Instead, the class presents the academic findings of scholars that are inclusive of multiple academic perspectives.  For questions of a more religious nature, the student will be advised that such questions are beyond the scope of this class, and to consult with their parents instead.  

Green, Joel B. and Lee Martin McDonald (editors).  2013.  The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.  

Hagner, Donald A.  2012.  The New Testament - A Historical and Theological Introduction.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.  

Koester, Helmut.  1995.  Introduction to the New Testament, Vol. 1: History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age.  Berlin: de Gruyter.

Koester, Helmut.  2000.  Introduction to the New Testament, Vol. 2: History and Literature of Early Christianity.  Berlin: de Gruyter.

LaSor, William Sanford, David Allan Hubbard, and Frederic Wm. Bush.  1996.  Old Testament Survey - The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament (Second Edition).  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing.  

Parker, D.C. 2008.   An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and their Texts.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Porter, Stanley E. (editor).  2002.  Handbook to the Exegesis of the New Testament.  Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers

Theissen, Gerd.  2003.  The New Testament: History, Literature, Religion.  New York: T&T Clark.  


Professor Dave, PhD
Lives in Canada
College Prep in Philosophy and Religious Studies
62 total reviews
117 completed classes

About Me

Hello !

I am a professor of philosophy, ecology, and religious studies, and I will be offering classes to help students make that sometimes difficult transition to college and university.  

So often I see 1st year undergraduate students struggle... 
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