Introduction to Biblical Literature

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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.

"Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." — Luke 24:45

"Bib-Lit", as Introduction to Biblical Literature, ha come to be called on the SNU campus, is a one-semester all-the-way-through-the-Bible course that aimed to stamp out biblical illiteracy!

This entry-level course tried to give students a grasp of basic Bible facts in chronological order.. 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 the BibLit course?

Students' comments from previous semesters:

<cite>The Source</cite>: 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. However, 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-hearted moment?

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

Concordances -- Bibles and New Testaments online

Concordances help you find Bible passages when you know at least one word used in that passage. These three index the King James, New American Standard Version, Darby, World English and Young's Literal translations in addition to those listed:

Concordance:    Bibles.Net

Nave's Topical Bible: Another useful Bible study tool is a "topical Bible" in which relevant passages are grouped according to topics. Click here to go to Nave's On-Line Topical Bible

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