How do we teach the Bible in a way that makes a real difference in our students’ lives and our communities? Too often, biblical introductions treat Scripture as a mere historical artifact. Mark W. Hamilton and Samjung Kang-Hamilton combine their decades of experience in theological and religious education to devise a new way to teach Scripture that brings out its life-giving qualities.
The authors show how Scripture has four modes: story, ritual, prophecy, and wisdom. With an eye toward spiritual formation, the authors explore examples of each of the four genres within the Bible and show how they address real needs in the life of the church today. They also recommend how to incorporate contemporary tools like digital media alongside art, music, and other practices to draw wisdom from Scripture. Combining multicultural sensitivity with ecumenical spirit, this guidebook is ideal for educators and pastors seeking to renew their own Christian communities through biblical education.
Table of Contents
1. The Bible and Christian Formation in Contemporary Contexts
2. The Bible as Taught Text
3. The Biblical Story and the Power of Storytelling in Context
4. Biblical Ritual in Context
5. Prophecy and Prophetic Christian Formation
6. Wisdom and Its Cultivation
7. Challenges and Invitations