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Make the Old Testament Live: From Curriculum to Classroom

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The Old Testament makes up three-quarters of the Bible and has had an incalculable influence on Western civilization and culture. Yet it is often neglected by the church, problematic for teachers, and inaccessible to students. Written by experienced scholars and educators from five continents, Make the Old Testament Live offers fresh perspectives on teaching the Old Testament today. Addressing problems of curriculum, context, and communication, these essays discuss such topics as which parts of the Old Testament should be taught, what approaches work best with each level of students, and what modern educational methods are best for teaching the Bible. Practical, insightful, and based on years of classroom experience in institutions ranging from seminaries to secular universities, this volume will enable all teachers of the Bible or theology to make the Old Testament more vital for their students.

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Key Features

  • Collects essays from a variety of experienced scholars
  • Explores how the Old Testament can be taught today
  • Enables professors to teach the Old Testament more effectively

Contents and Contributors

  • “Bringing Alive the Old Testament: Its Role in the Wider Curriculum” by Richard S. Hess
  • “A Table in the Wilderness: Towards a Post-liberal Agenda for Old Testament Study” by Craig G. Bartholomew
  • “A Theological Approach” by James McKeown
  • “Correctly Handling the Word of Truth — Teaching the Old Testament as a Christian Book” by Paul Barker
  • “A Star-Spangled Old Testament: Teaching in the American Seminary” by Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.
  • “A Religious Book in a Secular University” by T. Desmond Alexander
  • “Teddy-Bear Sacrifices: Selling the Old Testament in a Religious Studies Department” by Gordon J. Wenham
  • “From Student to Scholar: Surviving as an Old Testament Ph.D. Student” by Rebecca Doyle
  • “From Scholar to Student: Supervising Old Testament Ph.D. Students” by Hugh Williamson
  • “Teaching the Old Testament in the Context of Islam” by Ida Glaser
  • “Perspectives on Teaching the Old Testament from the Two-Thirds World” by M. Daniel Carroll R.
  • “Studying the Original Texts: Effective Learning and Teaching of Biblical Hebrew” by David W. Baker
  • “‘Let the Wise Listen and Add to Their Learning’: Modern Education and an Ancient Book” by Clive Lawless

Praise for the Print Edition

All those who teach the Old Testament will find themselves poring over each chapter, discovering many points pertinent to the task to which we have been called. Whether one is considering how better to teach Hebrew, how to organize lectures on Old Testament theology, or how courses on the Old Testament should fit into a specific curriculum, this volume offers help around every corner. Full of practical ideas on how to make the Old Testament live for today’s students.

Bill T. Arnold, professor of Old Testament interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

This book is filled with fascinating and practical advice for students and teachers of the Old Testament. It forms part of an important movement to revitalize the teaching of the Old Testament, and I commend it.

William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

  • Title: Make the Old Testament Live: From Curriculum to Classroom
  • Authors: Gordon J. Wenham, Richard S. Hess
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 1998
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 228
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Study and teaching (Higher)
  • ISBNs: 9780802844279, 0802844278
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:31:58Z

About the Editors

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer of Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He is the author of numerous books on the Old Testament, including The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Leviticus and Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically, as well as the volumes on Genesis in the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) (61 vols.).

Richard S. Hess is professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado and author of Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey, Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources, and Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary.

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