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Overview Blair outlines practical steps for becoming a better adult teacher. She empowers adult Bible study teachers by showing how adults learn best, giving teachers a better understanding of the nature of scripture, and providing teachers with an effective and usable model for teaching. (Christian)
Publishers Description The book begins with an exploration of the different perspectives that Christians bring to reading the Bible, followed by a helpful summary of current research in adult learning. On this basis, Christine Blair sets out the 'Five R's' model for teaching: Remembering, Revisiting the text, Reflecting critically, Reinterpreting, and Responding. For those who prefer to create their own teaching plan, she also provides valuable advice on the three key elements to be found in every successful educational strategy: analytical reflection, storytelling and disciplined imagination, and action through ritual and ministry.
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Christian Retailing - 02/05/2001 page 12
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664501486 ISBN13 9780664501488
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More About Blair
Chris Blair was born and raised in Northern California. He studied at the Art Center College of Design, and with a generous scholarship from the Shepard Foundation, earned a degree in illustration in 1999. Following graduation, he opened his own design firm called Cbstudio. In addition to illustrating books and running his business, Chris teaches art to adults and children. His whimsical artwork explores the power of symbolism and visual communication to convey universal human themes and ideas. Chris strives to create art that transcends the boundaries of language, color, and geography, to help people gain a greater understanding of and compassion for one another.While illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Green? Chris was eager to use his talents to teach children to conserve and be more sensitive to the earth's valuable resources. He is committed to helping children learn to be actively involved in protecting our world.Chris Blair's other interests include sailing, traveling, and storytelling. He currently works and teaches out of his studio in Sausalito, California.Visit Chris on the web at www.chrisblair.net.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Art of Teaching the Bible?
Creating Bible Classes as Interesting as the Bible Mar 5, 2006
Blair's book places Bible teaching within a theological framework and treats both teacher and student with equal respect, reminding us the best learning experiences occur when healthy interaction is encouraged between teacher and students.
Blair's ideas on how to make the study of the Bible meaningful and relevant are woven into a discussion of learning styles, models of Biblical interpretation, creating an effective learning environment, and building one's own Bible study (without using a published curriculum).
Highly recommended for anyone with interest or responsibility in leading Bible studies, whether connected with a church or for private study.
A Good Resource Jan 6, 2006
Christine Eaton Blair provides her reader with a good introduction to varying approaches to teaching the Bible in a Christian setting from a Christian perspective. The subtitle, "A Practical Guide for Adults," should be taken seriously but, perhaps, should have been "A Practical Guide for Teaching Adults." The philosophy and approaches she presents are oriented toward adult learners -- children and youth have different life experiences and educational orientations and will need a different approach.
Blair provides an overview of different goals of teaching the Bible: conversion, identity with Bible people, justice/faith in action, and spiritual growth. She points out that no single teaching approach accomplishes all of those goals--so differing goals necessitate different teaching models.
She provides an overview of adults as learners, stressing that they are not "blank canvases" upon which the teacher may paint. Teaching adults involves enhancing their perspectives, not creating those perspectives. Their life experience and their interests should be respected. In a brief book like this not enough is said, so additional resources may be necessary for the teacher to understand the nature of the adult learner.
Blair presents her own "Five Rs" model of teaching which includes "remembering," "revisiting the text," "reflecting critically," "reinterpreting," and "responding." Although she does not cite Thomas Groome's "Shared Christian Praxis", there are remarkable similarities found in this model.
She addresses different types of teaching: for cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning (my terms, not hers). Then she concludes with a list of tips for teachers.
Blair illustrates her work with examples. There her work seems more oriented towards concerns of mainline denominations rather than more conservative, evangelical denominations. This was not a problem for me, but may be awkward for a more conservative reader.
A minor printing problem is that the title of the fourth chapter found on the right hand page is continued into the fifth chapter. This made scanning the book quickly a problem for me. (But, I really don't need to share my own personal quirks here, do I?) This should be corrected in later printings.
This book should be a good resource for teachers of adult learners in the church and other Christian organizations. It would also make a nice textbook for preparation of Bible teachers. If this is an area of interest, it is worth your time.
Less than great Nov 9, 2005
This book touches on the surface of providing helpful information, but it is too short and does not provide enough depth to be useful.
Creative, challenging and accessible Dec 24, 2001
This newly published work is a careful, clear, and concise guide to both the art and the science of teaching the Bible to adults. Dr. Blair presents information on the theological basis of biblical interpretaion, current adult learning theory, and educational methodology, in a way that is creative and challenging and, at the same time, readily accessible. One of Dr. Blair's gifts as a teacher is her skill at synthesizing information and placing it within understandable frameworks. In this book, she creates a synthesis of several sub-disciplines of theology and education, from which she builds a very useable framework for wholistic Bible study that balances intellect and creativity, tradition and innovation. And she does this all in a very compelling way: using imaginative metaphors but without employing unnecessary jargon or needlessly obscure terminology. The result is a very useful and inspiring guide for teaching, evaluating curriculum, and developing one's own methods and techniques to lead adult learners in listening to, reflecting on, and responding to the Word of God.
Very highly recommended, invaluable reading Aug 11, 2001
In The Art Of Teaching The Bible, Christine Blair (Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Seminary) shows how adult educators can motivate adults to utilize the necessary tools and theological principles for studying and interpreting biblical texts for themselves. Blair presents four models (Conversion; Common Identity with Bible People; Justice/Faith in Action; Spiritual Growth into a Holy Life). Then she examines how and when adults learn best. This is followed by the "5 Rs" of Bible Study: Remembering, Revisiting the Text, Reflecting Critically, Reinterpreting, Respond. Blair then concludes with a chapter on storytelling and a chapter offering nine specific teaching tips. The Art Of Teaching The Bible is very highly recommended, invaluable reading for anyone charged with a responsibility for teaching the Bible whether in a formal seminary classroom, church school setting, or an informal Bible study group.