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Overview

In this updated edition of a trusted classic, two specialists in Bible teaching provide readers with the knowledge and methods needed to effectively communicate Scripture's message. Now updated throughout, this accessible, interdisciplinary work will help a new generation teach the Bible in a purposeful and unified way.

"For a quarter of a century, Wilhoit and Ryken's Effective Bible Teaching has been a great resource for helping lay Bible teachers better understand how to study and teach God's Word in order to foster increased understanding, spiritual growth, and wholehearted obedience. In light of evidence pointing at the limited impact of the Bible in the lives of those who claim to love and follow Christ today, this update is a much-needed and welcomed resource. It should be read widely and used to shape and deepen the teaching of the Bible in a variety of settings including small groups and Sunday schools."
--Kevin E. Lawson, director of graduate programs in Christian education studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; editor, Christian Education Journal

Praise for the first edition

"From cover to cover, this book is packed full with spot-on analyses of what makes poor teaching and concrete action steps to successful teaching each time at bat. Watch out! This book will make 'The Yawner' an extinct species in your classroom."
--Howard G. Hendricks, Dallas Theological Seminary

"What a clever idea! Here is a book on Bible teaching combining the efforts of an outstanding Christian educator and a professor of English who has written several books on Bible study. . . . This book will find its way into many college and seminary classes as well as serving a strategic role in the hands of Sunday school teachers and Bible study leaders."
--Kenneth O. Gangel, Bibliotheca Sacra

"Wilhoit and Ryken have written in a lively style which is easy to read. . . . A very helpful work, and I think it likely that I shall refer to it in my own seminary teaching."
--Donald E. Gowan, Religious Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801096853
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Wilhoit (PhD, Northwestern University) is the Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he has taught for thirty years. He has authored numerous books, including Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered. Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is professor emeritus of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and the author or editor of nearly forty books, including Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Effective Teaching
1. The Changing Landscape of Bible Study
2. The Church's Unfinished Task
3. The Tasks of the Effective Teacher
4. The Teacher: The Human Element in Teaching
Part 2: The Methods of Effective Bible Teaching
5. Discovering Unity in Biblical Passages: The Genre and Structure of a Passage
6. Thematic Unity in Biblical Passages: Teaching the Big Idea
7. Bridging the Gap
8. Principles of Biblical Interpretation
9. Understanding the Methods of Inductive and Directed Bible Studies
10. Leading Inductive Bible Studies
Part 3: The Bible We Teach
11. What Kind of Book Is the Bible?
12. Types of Writing in the Bible
13. Teaching the Stories of the Bible
14. Teaching the Poetry of the Bible
15. Teaching Other Genres of the Bible
Indexes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    Good book for new Bible teachers

    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). 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. 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). 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.

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