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Understanding Bible by Design: Create Courses with Purpose
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Understanding Bible by Design: Create Courses with Purpose


Fortress Press 2014

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Today’s seminary and religious education instructors are expected to design and redesign their courses more nimbly than in the past. They must adapt courses to new learning environments, more diverse learners, and more diverse vocations—all while receiving fewer rewards from their institutions for the extra time they invest in course design.

Understanding Bible by Design helps you revise your courses quickly, intuitively, and effectively. G. Brooke Lester introduces an approach to course design that is time-efficient and grounded in a firm commitment to “big ideas and essential questions.” Contributors Jane Webster and Christopher Jones demonstrate the value of this method for the biblical studies instructor—whether seminary or university, face-to-face or online, intimate seminar or massive lecture hall.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Introduces a new approach to teaching biblical studies
  • Features contributions from New Testament scholar Jane Webster and Old Testament scholar Christopher Jones
  • Helps instructors with diverse students, environments, and vocations


  • Setting the Problem
  • Understanding by Design
  • Understanding by Design: Old Testament in Seminary
  • Understanding by Design: Putting Your Course Online
  • Understanding by Design: New Testament at University
  • Understanding by Design: Judaism Studies at University

Praise for the Print Edition

Chock-full of specific examples of rubrics, assignments, and key questions, this book also offers a friendly counterpoint to academe’s all-too-frequent dismissal of pedagogical reflection.

Mary E. Hess, professor of educational leadership and chair of leadership division, Luther Seminary

If you care about teaching and want to do more than just tweak your syllabi, this exciting volume is for you.

—Nyasha Junior, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible, Howard University School of Divinity

Product Details

  • Title: Understanding Bible by Design: Create Courses with Purpose
  • Author: G. Brooke Lester
  • Series: Seminarium Elements
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 136
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Education

About G. Brooke Lester

G. Brooke Lester is assistant professor of Hebrew Scriptures and director for emerging pedagogies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

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