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Exploring the Bible and Biblical Literature - Ongoing Class

Professor Dave, PhD
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In this ongoing class, we explore the bible from multiple religious (Christianity and Judaism), historical, and academic perspectives

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
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.  
Homework Offered
Students are encouraged to pre-read the biblical passage for the upcoming week before class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
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.  
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(100)
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Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 105 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-14 learners per class

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