Category Archives: Teaching & Learning

Banning Laptops in Class?

Sounds like a good idea to me. While we got rid of our wireless Internet in our classrooms after the Christmas break (by unanimous decision of the faculty council), students still bring laptops to class. Just last week one of … Continue reading

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Learning Ancient Hebrew

John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry has some good tips about learning Classical Hebrew.  John sets the bar high with his introductory paragraph: If you want to learn ancient Hebrew so as to savor its sounds, understand the nuances … Continue reading

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Tate on Biblical Interpretation

In the past when I taught the introductory hermeneutics course at Taylor, I used W. Randolph Tate‘s Biblical Interpretation: An Integrated Approach (Revised Edition; Hendrickson, 1997; Buy from or I found that its engaging, easy to read style … Continue reading

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Religious Studies Review: Religion and the Internet

I just received the latest edition of the Religious Studies Review (Volume 32, number 4, October 2006), which is a special issue on Religion and the Internet edited by Christopher Helland. The volume highlights and evaluates a number of different … Continue reading

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And God said, “Let there be Limericks” (Genesis as a Limerick)

I’m teaching an undergraduate course on the book of Genesis this semester. One of the first assignments I require students to complete is to read through the book of Genesis (preferably in one sitting) and write one or two brief … Continue reading

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HBRW WTHT VWLS (Hebrew Without Vowels)

When I am teaching about the Hebrew Bible, the fact that Hebrew was originally unpointed often comes up. And at that point I will provide some sort of example with English, such as the title to this post: HBRW WTHT … Continue reading

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Student Evaluation Feedback

Now that final grades have been submitted, I received a copy of my student evaluations (typed and collated so I don’t know who they are from). The comments were typical (I’m great, they loved the classes, etc. :-)), though this … Continue reading

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Marking Done – Grades Submitted – Need Sleep

Ah, nothing like the end of semester marking push to put someone in the mood for Christmas! Be that as it may, I am now finished (in more ways than one!). Marking is done; grades have been submitted. I am … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season… for Marking

Nothing like a big stack of papers to grade to get you in the Christmas spirit! The silence of this blog is due to the heap of marking I have to get done in the next week. If you are … Continue reading

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God in the Academy

Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the findings of a survey regarding the religiosity of college and university professors in the United States. The study was conducted by by two sociologists, Neil Gross of Harvard University and Solon Simmons of … Continue reading

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