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Naked Bible Podcast Episode 169: Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: Conversation with Danny Zacharias and Ben Forrest

Ever thought about taking a seminary class? Getting a degree in biblical studies? Even if you haven’t and just want good advice on how to do biblical research on your own, you’ll want to listen in on this conversation. This episode of the podcast focuses on the book by Drs. Zacharias and Forrest, How to Survive and Thrive in SeminaryYou’ll learn a lot about expert resources (some of them free) and some strategy hints for the serious study of Scripture.

The episode is now live.

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Article on Rethinking Biblical Language Instruction by Naked Bible Podcast Guests Just Published

Last November I interviewed Dr. Carl Sanders and Dr. Thomas Hudgins about their controversial paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The paper argues that major shifts in thinking about how biblical languages are taught and what the goals of that instruction should be are long overdue. I was of course in agreement (I’m quoted in the conference paper).

The paper has now been published in an academic journal:

Carl Sanders, “Biblical language instruction by the book: Rethinking the status quaestionis,” Teaching Theology and Religion 20:3 (2017): 216-229

As with most journal articles, it is not publicly accessible online unless you subscribe to the journal, or have access to journal databases via an academic institution. Here’s the abstract:

Grammar-translation pedagogy is the standard for biblical language instruction. Second language acquisition scholars have argued that grammar-translation is ineffective and not empirically justified. Moreover, evidence suggests most seminary graduates do not use biblical languages effectively in ministry. Task-based instruction is an important alternative pedagogy which focuses on the tasks students will be using the language for and designs the curriculum around those tasks. A task-based approach de-emphasizes translation and memorization of forms. Instead, the emphasis from the beginning is on biblical interpretation and exposition. Available software based resources offer new possibilities for task-based teaching, as students can identify forms and vocabulary and have access to a library of resources. A task-based pedagogy using these tools enables students to quickly develop skills in biblical interpretation that are normally reserved for the third or fourth semester of study. Task-based pedagogy offers great promise for effective and efficient biblical language pedagogy.

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Honorary Doctorates Should Be A Trend Setter

As president of a new distance-learning seminary, I have got got just approved an honorary doctor’s degree to a eminent South African.

He dwells in a topographic point I have never heard of: Mogoditshane, Botswana. Since my Christian church and seminary are both placed in Jacksonville, Florida, this was a singular experience for me, and it really drove place the consolidative powerfulness of the internet.

On my manner to the station business office to mail the document, I wondered whether it would be a luck to direct it so far or whether it could even be delivered there by U.S. mail. But the clerk handled the substance routinely, and the postage stamp was $2.67 first-class.

The recipient, Mosimane C. Rammika, no uncertainty heard of our establishment through this article service, for which I make a batch of writing.

When I first made the determination to offer honorary doctor’s degrees in improver to our academic curricula, I was excited about what the chance could make for people. There are billions and billions of people all over the human race who have got got made tireless parts to world but have never been recognized.

Rammika is an first-class example. From young person work to advocacy for justness and peace, this gentleman have gone all out for years. He is a put preacher man in the Catholic Church, the director of a football game team, and a frequenter of the Republic Of Botswana Council of Women. And there is much more, too much to travel into here.

He have bolstered my long-held belief that not only seminaries but all colleges and universities should honour people in this way. Why should sitting in a schoolroom and passing examinations count more heavily than accomplishments “in the trenches”, where people necessitate help?

Not only should honorary grades be offered, but life experience of significant virtue should be given academic recognition toward a traditional, earned degree. Working as a police officer should number for more than than than a few courses of study in sociology.

Volunteering for the Red Cross in a catastrophe should be respected more than a course of study in psychological science 101. And adopting multiple children should turn more than caputs than a certification as a day-care worker!

Here is a practical illustration of my point: All the unfavorable judgments of the health-care industry aside, medical instruction is on track. Doctors-to-be acquire their existent instruction by seeing, touching, hearing, and even smelling.

Only two old age are spent in schoolroom rigors. All other preparation is by supervised experience with real, unrecorded patients.

For all of these reasons, I believe the academic community necessitates to take a fresh expression at what they are really accomplishing. The human race necessitates people willing to acquire their custody dirty. While text edition cognition have indisputable value, so makes experience in service.

I trust I can present a thousand honorary doctor’s degrees before my clip is up.

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