April 20, 2009

Biblical Literacy

The Bible is not easy to read. It can be very intimidating to those that have not had the privilege of someone helping making sense of it. I am strongly influenced by Christian movements and theologies–such as Anabaptism and liberation theology–that have their roots in empowering the every day reader to read, understand and apply Scripture. Our community is interested in increasing our biblical literacy together. So, I'm wondering, what tools and techniques do you think would be helpful for increasing biblical literacy?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments.


Jason Evans said...

What's been recommended so far:

Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition by Stuart Murray

Reading the Bible With the Damned by Bob Ekblad

Reading the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee

Anything else? Doesn't have to be books.

Anonymous said...

What the Bible Really Teaches by Keith Ward is good imo.

Anonymous said...

Reading the Bible with the poor ... not just reading about reading the Bible with the poor ;)

Reading it with a diverse group of people and in different locations.

joel said...

sorry, it's another book. Opening the Bible by Thomas Merton i thought was exceptional -- and short, which might make it an easy read.

kind of a side note, are you into graphic novels? if so, kate and i just read Craig Thompson's Blankets and think that it should be required reading for most individuals in the church...(what the hell is that noise)

Jason Evans said...

Thanks for the recommendations. Good stuff. I haven't read "Blankets", Joel. I'll have to look into that.

Maybe you all could recommend tactics you've used for helping people learn to study scripture on their own?

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