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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2018, The Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context section will offer two sessions. Session 1: Bible Teaching and Diversity in the Undergraduate Classroom - Teaching the Bible to a diverse group of undergraduate students presents a unique set of challenges.In such a context, students share a vast array of views on the issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender roles, gender identity, socioeconomic status, cultural background, and religious preferences. To them, the Bible projects religious authority and evokes responses ranging from affirmation and internalization to questioning, detachment, and resistance. How can one create and manage a meaningful and engaging environment in such an intricate setting? This committee welcomes papers on pedagogical approaches and proven strategies that respond to the complexity of teaching the Bible in a diverse undergraduate liberal arts context. Session 2: Using Bible Odyssey and Other Online Resources to Teach Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context - In 2014, the Society of Biblical Literature launched Bible Odyssey, a website on which the “world’s leading scholars share with the general public the latest historical and literary research on the Bible” ( Although addressed to a general audience, the site is now being used by instructors in liberal arts classrooms around the world. We issue an open call to instructors for papers that reflect on creative uses of Bible Odyssey in the classroom. Papers may focus on Bible Odyssey itself or put the website into conversation with other online resources.

Program Unit Chairs

Jocelyn McWhirter
Dr. Sylvie Raquel

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