Item description for Effective Bible Teaching by Jim Wilhoit, Leland Ryken & James C. Wilhoit...
Overview In a readable and practical style these specialists in Christian education provide students with the knowledge and methods needed to effectively communicate the message of the Bible to others.
Publishers Description Shows teachers how to develop the "big idea" of a passage, improve their classroom skills, and allow the text itself to suggest creative teaching methods.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2012
Publisher Baker Academic
ISBN 0801096855 ISBN13 9780801096853
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More About Jim Wilhoit, Leland Ryken & James C. Wilhoit
James C. Wilhoit (PhD, Northwestern University) is the Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, where he has taught for more than twenty years. His previous publications include The Christian Educator??'s Handbook on Spiritual Formation.
Reviews - What do customers think about Effective Bible Teaching?
Effective Bible Teaching Sep 30, 2005
This course can be a great training tool for the lay adult sunday school teacher and for the pastor. The text covers a variety of valuable topics, techniques,and tools that both the lay leader and the pastor/teacher can glean from. Also covered in the book is the identification of the Big Idea of each bible passage. This is so key to our understanding of the text and our interpreting and teaching it properly. I agree with the author who states that the most important part of any bible school program is the teacher! This book will enable the teacher to become a better, more effective bible teacher. The principles can be applied to classrooms and the pulpit. At our Bible Institute we use the text for one of our course offerings.
Great Christian teaching resource Dec 13, 2004
In this book, Wilhoit and Ryken detail the basic and necessary components to teaching the Bible. They start by explaining how to teach (such as "challenging" students with thought provoking questions), and then shared what to teach (i.e. parables or epistles) (48). An understanding of the educational process was highlighted. For example, the authors chose to include an except of Alfred North Whitehead's "process of education," which are "romance" (drawing the students' minds and interests on the topic), "precision" (teacher instructing with "mastery of the field" so students gain an understanding of the topic), and "generalization" (the students internalizing what they have learned) (77).
I feel the main purpose of the book is to show teachers how to interpret Scripture and pass the interpretation onto others (85). Another important function of the book is to "look honestly at where Bible teaching stands today and diagnose where it fails" (15). It is important for a teacher to realize that the mindset one has in regards to the Bible will affect how he or she teaches Scripture (i.e. hermeneutics involved and belief of the inerrancy of the Bible). "Effective Bible Teaching" is a readable technical manual (a sort of "A to Z" listing) in how a teacher should instruct students using the Bible so they can ultimately incorporate Scriptural truths into their lives. This book is an encouragement as well as an instructional manual for Bible teachers.
The authors' suggestions on how to get an accurate interpretation were simple yet worth mentioning- a teacher must discover two things: (1) What a passage meant to the original people for whom it was written, and (2) What it means for us today (32). I found the suggestions helpful because teachers who have been poorly trained may not have realized the basic information needed for proper Scripture interpretation (hermeneutics).
Although the authors devoted several sections of the book to address the importance of proper hermeneutics, they misinterpreted Scripture in page 63. They used Luke 6:39-40 to support Jesus "warned that students tend not to rise above the spiritual level of their teachers," however this text is about Christ. According to Matthew Henry, the "blind" are the Pharisees who are blinded by "pride, prejudice, and bigotry" and unable to lead people in the right way (http://blueletterbible.org/Comm/mhc/Luk/Luk006.html). Those who "ignorantly" follow the Pharisees will follow them to "destruction." The followers of Christ should not expect the world to treat them better than He was treated; rather they should be "dead to the world, and every thing in it" and "live a life of labor and self-denial" as Christ did. Based on this commentary, the Scripture had nothing to do with Jesus' warning of a student rising above the spiritual level of his or her teacher.
Overall, I agree with the authors' ideas, and their description of Bible teaching- which is "ministering to people," changing their faulty ideas about God, showing them how to live in faith, helping people to get rid of "self-defeating habits," and encouraging them to learn "habits of holiness" (51). These are important aspects of Bible teaching that all teachers should address.
High Praise for Ryken and Wilhoit Dec 22, 2003
I used to teach in a school of biblical studies preparing men to preach. On occasion I would have a student say they had little trouble preaching, but that they couldn't teach a Bible class worth a lick. I recommended this book and still recommend it today-much to students' delight. In fact, our church ordered a dozen of these books to help our our teachers learn how to teach the Bible more effectively. If you want to learn how to teach the Bible effectively, you won't be disappointed.
Useful, but disappointing Sep 2, 2003
The back cover of this book states correctly, "Compared to preaching, books on teaching appear only rarely. Good ones, designed especially for those who teach the Bible to adults, can scarcely be found."
Given the pedigree of the authors, I had high expectations when I purchased this book. I especially thought that I had found a book that approached education from a *distinctively* Christian perspective. I was disappointed.
The first chapter or so was more like what I expected, discribing the need for effective Bible teaching. But the rest of the book contains what are basically the same perspectives and techniques as any other book on education. It was not *distinctively* Christian pedagogically speaking, but rather the same old educational theory applied to teaching the Bible.
Perhaps my expectations for this book were too high. Perhaps the book I'm looking for is not yet written. Any suggestions would be welcomed.