Introduction to Biblical Literature

Dead Sea Scroll discovered in 1947

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Search Easton's Bible Dictionary


Caution: Easton's Bible dictionary was published in the late 1800's. It is full of good stuff. Still, it does not reflect archaeological discoveries and other biblical knowledge advances of the last 100 years.

"Bib-Lit", as it was called on the SNU campus, was a one-semester all-the-through-the-Bible course that aimed to stamp out biblical illiteracy! [ read more ]

This entry-level course tried to give students a grasp of basic Bible facts. We met 80 Bible characters and looked at 15 key chapters. We learned at least one phrase about the content of every Bible book. By the end of the course, students were writing the entire story of the Bible in one page.

Class resources including assignments, due dates, and exam study guides

"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" -- 2 Timothy 3:16

Helps for Bible study

As you get deeper and deeper into the Word, you'll find the following of help:

Bible concordance
Alphabetical listing of words in the Bible with the verses in which they appear. Several concordances can be found online.
Bible dictionary
Alphabetical arrangement of explanations of Bible history, culture and general contents
Bible encyclopedia
Similar to a Bible dictionary with an alphabetical listing of topics and explanations. Covers more territory in greater detail than does a dictionary
Bible atlas
Geographical and topographical information on Bible lands, including geopolitical boundaries
Bible commentary
Scholar's comments on the meaning of the text of the books of the Bible, often verse by verse. Commentaries often are multi-volume sets

What will you get out of BibLit?

Students' comments from previous semesters:

  • "It helped me learn more about things I thought I knew."
  • "I read more of the Bible than I ever had before."
  • "I was exposed to stories in the Bible that I hadn't read before."
  • "We took 'field trips' that were very helpful."
  • "It brought the Bible to life."
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External links: Bible resources on the Internet

Leisure reading suggestion:

The Source: a novel about biblical archeology

Do you read novels? Then, let James Michener bring alive for you the drama of Israel's turbulent past in his novel The Source. Michener is a marvelous story teller. In this 1965 book Michener uses historical fiction to bring Israel's past eras to life. The focal point of the novel is an archaeological dig at Tell Makor, an imaginary mound that is the accumulated residue of abandoned settlements, each resting on the ruins of its predecessor.

I don't agree with all of Michener's assumptions and theological conclusions, but the book is great reading in terms of helping one sense the drama of biblical events.

Most courses at SNU contain a writing component.
I expect students to produce written work that is focused, well developed, organized and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to the students for further revision and resubmission.
See my writing checklist.

Ready for a light moment?

Click hereBefore we jump into the course, would you like a chuckle? [ read more ]

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