L1.2 Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian

L1.2 Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian

L1.2 Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian

$295.00$325.00

In this course, we will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. Our aim is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the place of the Bible in the United Church of Christ, the development of the Bible over time, and methods of studying the Biblical texts to discern meaning and purpose for our own faith lives and for the exercise of our pastoral roles as preachers and teachers.

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Course Description

In this course, we will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. Our aim is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the place of the Bible in the United Church of Christ, the development of the Bible over time, and methods of studying the Biblical texts to discern meaning and purpose for our own faith lives and for the exercise of our pastoral roles as preachers and teachers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the origins of the Bible as we have it today.
  • Identify the ways the church uses and interprets the Bible and the ways the academy uses and interprets the Bible.
  • Describe the methods used to interpret Biblical texts.
  • Explain how the interpretive methods can be used for preaching and teaching in a local parish setting.

Required Texts:

  • The Bible in at least two different translations.
  • Barton, John.  How the Bible Came to Be. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
  • A commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews chosen in consultation with your facilitator.