συνεσταυρωμαι’s “Radical New Way to Teach OT Intro”

συνεσταυρωμαι points to Philip Davies’ highlighting of an often overlooked aspect of teaching a course introducing the Old Testament. A question asked, what textbooks would be good for an Intro to OT class? Davies replies:

Personally, I recommend getting the students to just read the Bible: the best introduction they can have.  And it will put them ahead of many of their teachers.

Zing! He expounds here (pointed out by Peter Kirk). It reminded me of a comment made by a friend who studied at UPenn under Jeff Tigay. My friend explained that Tigay often lamented that grad students knew so little about the Bible. When he was a student, apparently, they were expected to pretty much be able to finish the Hebrew of almost any verse after being given the first few words. I was 20 before I ever read the Bible, and when I decided to major in ancient Near Eastern studies I was told to be ready to be competing with kids who had been studying the Hebrew Bible since they were ten. That’s encouraging. Then I would be told there were no jobs (but only by people who had jobs). I guess the lesson is to read your Bible.

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2 responses to “συνεσταυρωμαι’s “Radical New Way to Teach OT Intro”

  • brianfulthorp

    thanks for the link daniel – yeah, a lot of us need to just sit and read our Bibles more often don’t we?

  • Daniel O. McClellan

    Hey, thanks for yours. Yeah, as an undergrad I spent far more time with the secondary literature than with the Bible. It’s been largely remedied since, but it seems to me the coursework is what catalyzes that proclivity. I think Prof. Davies is exactly right that it needs to be pushed far more, and he shares a link that aims to help facilitate that:

    http://juliamobrien.net/

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