James W Barker. "Teaching the Bible as a ̶S̶u̶p̶e̶r̶Natural Book" Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART) Vol. 25 Iss. 2 (2018) p. 113 - 121


This article addresses pedagogical practices concerning manuscript materiality in introductory biblical studies courses taught in the “Bible Belt.” A preponderance of these students reify the Bible by presuming its divine origins, and such deep reverence for the text can paradoxically preclude deep engagement with it. To emphasize the human manipulation of texts and writing materials, I present a confounding example of textual criticism to cultivate active reading and critical thinking as well as an understanding of ancient and medieval book culture.


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