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ERIC Number: ED474890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 138
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
History of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)--Current Academic Understandings.
Abrahamson, Brant; Smith, Fred
The lessons in the teacher's guide about the Bible's Old Testament are based on historic and scientific scholarship and, to avoid a sectarian point of view, focus on the factual data generated by academic research. The lessons are based on what is known about the nature of oral tradition, recent archaeological findings, and the academic biblical research that has been ongoing for almost two centuries. The teacher's guide is divided into four sections: (1) "Introduction" (Religious Belief and Scientifically-Oriented Scholarship; Teaching and Religious Bias; Parents and Local Religious Leaders; Personal Student Beliefs; Dealing with Miraculous Happenings and Abhorrent Practices); (2) "Thoughts on Methods of Instruction" (Pictures and Preparation; Repetition, Memorization and Drill; Evaluating Student Work; Conclusion); (3) "Lecture/Discussion Materials" (Understanding the Origin of a Supernatural Story; Religion of Zoroaster; Religious Change: Judaism and the Babylonian Captivity; Ancient and Modern World Views; Comparing Western (Abrahamic) Religions with South Asian Faiths (Hinduism and Buddhism); Golden Rule); and (4) "Quizzes, Timelines, and Maps." The student lesson plan series on the Old Testament is designed to provide students with an understanding of how, from a scholar's perspective, the Bible came into existence. The lessons seek to provide students with simple but authoritative answers to questions about the characteristics of oral history upon which much of the Bible is based, when various parts of it were written, how its translation into Greek changed its meaning, and when it became finalized for Jews and for Christians. The first segment, "To the Student and Teacher: Setting the Stage," is followed by 13 chapters: (1) "Geographic World of the Bible"; (2) "Dating Bible Stories and Oral Tradition"; (3) "Israelites Before 1000 BCE"; (4) "Before Israel and Judah 1000 to 900 BCE"; (5) "Israel and Judah 900 to 600 BCE"; (6) "Hebrews, Babylonians, Persians 600-500 BCE"; (7) "Jews and Persians 500 to 300 BCE"; (8) "Jews, Greeks and Hasmonaeans 300 to 50 BCE"; (9) "Jews, Romans and the World From 50 BCE On"; (10) "Old Testament and Christianity"; (11) "Jewish and Christian Canons"; (12) "Old Testament and the Koran"; and (13) "Summary and Conclusion." Each chapter includes notes. An appendix lists Bible books (when composed and material type/historical setting). (Contains 28 references.) (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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