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World Literature 1: Ancient Times-Literature in Historical Context

Social Studies

Exploring the Bible From a Secular Perspective - Highschool Edition

Students will learn about the ancient Biblical texts in their historic context and as they were transformed by later writers.
Christy Knockleby
191 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 42 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will:
- gain familiarity with Bible stories, learning to recognize them in art and literature.
- learn to look at stories as an opportunity to learn both about the time the story is set and the time the story was written.
- participate in discussions about ancient politics and political theory.
I was raised within the United Church of Canada to view the Bible as a historical and literary document. (Historic document means that it was written long ago and has historical value, not that it contains a literally true history.) I attended a year of theological studies at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. I'm currently agnostic or even atheist, but fascinated by Biblical history. 

Students are given a reading assignment before class.
Students will be encouraged to participate in discussion in the classroom between classes.
It is recommended that all students have a Bible. I recommend a copy of the New Revised Standard Version or other study Bible.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
If assessment is needed, I would be happy to assign a short-essay question and provide a grade based 50% on discussion and participation and 50% based on the essay question.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The Bible includes stories of violence, including sexual violence. 


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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