ERIC Number: EJ961055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Race, Ethnicity, and the Bible: Pedagogical Challenges and Curricular Opportunities
Byron, Gay L.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v15 n2 p105-124 Apr 2012
Theological educators are now fostering dialogues, projects, and practices that are designed to acknowledge the challenges and opportunities resulting from the shifting racial and ethnic demographic climate in the U.S. and Canada. As well-intentioned as these efforts are, most of the scholarship focuses on the contemporary experiences of underrepresented minorities, current institutional concerns, or practical classroom scenarios, leaving Scripture courses, which have long been the backbone of theological education, beyond the scope of critical engagement. In this article I argue that the existing scholarship on teaching and learning in general, and among biblical scholars in particular, does not adequately address the specific challenges that arise when questions about race and ethnicity are exposed in Scripture courses. Therefore, based on my own classroom experiences, I develop a pedagogy of (Emb)Racing the Bible that seeks to bridge the gap between theoretical readings and practical applications of ancient and contemporary discourses about race and ethnicity.
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Ethnicity, Race, Foreign Countries, Theological Education, Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language), Scholarship, Teaching Experience, Theory Practice Relationship
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States