ERIC Number: EJ878652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching the Bible and Film: Pedagogical Promises, Pitfalls, and Proposals
Rindge, Matthew S.; Runions, Erin; Ascough, Richard S.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v13 n2 p140-155 Apr 2010
This article begins by recognizing the increasing use of film in Religion, Theology, and Bible courses. It contends that in many Biblical Studies (and Religious Studies and Theology) courses, students are neither taught how to view films properly, nor how to place films into constructive dialogue with biblical texts. The article argues for a specific pedagogical approach to the use of film in which students learn how to view a film closely, in its entirety, on its own terms, and in its own voice. Viewing a film in this manner by attending to its aesthetic integrity is a prerequisite for constructing a fruitful dialogue between films and biblical texts. The essay concludes with three specific examples of what this approach might look like. Two responses follow the essay; Erin Runions of Pomona College considers two additional learning goals we might consider, and Richard Ascough of Queens University at Kingston helpfully distinguishes a range of possible pedagogical goals for introducing film into the Biblical Studies classroom.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Biblical Literature, Philosophy, Films, Theological Education, Teaching Methods, Critical Viewing, Film Study, Instructional Design, Educational Practices, Religious Education, Behavioral Objectives
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