Hebrew Bible History – SEE BI820 – Teacher’s Kit

aa- Circle Logo BlueIn Unity, we take the Bible “seriously, not literally”. Many people mistakenly believe the only ways to approach the Bible are through the lens of fundamentalism or to reject the Bible out of hand. In “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time,” Marcus Borg reveals how we can have a contemporary, yet grounded, experience of the sacred texts without abandoning our scientific worldview or our critical thinking. In the class we will focus on the Hebrew Scriptures, learning about modern biblical scholarship and taking an overview of its historical context. Participants may choose to audit the class simply to enrich themselves, or they may take the class for credit in Unity’s SEE (Spiritual Education) program.

This Teacher’s Kit contains all you need to lead this class, except a copy of the book, which may be purchased via amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

  • Class Description – with complete roadmap for five 2-hour sessions and a list of items needed
  • 5 powerpoint presentations
  • 1 handout

This class has been approved for credit through Unity’s Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) program. It fulfills the requirement for BI820 – Hebrew Bible History.

Session 1

  • Opening Prayer
  • Introductions
  • Chapter 1 – Reading Lenses: Seeing the Bible Again
  • Chapter 2 – Reading Lenses: The Bible and God
  • Break
  • Chapter 3 – Reading Lenses: History and Metaphor
  • Activity
  • Homework
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 2

  • Opening Prayer
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 4
  • The Law, the Prophets, the Writings
  • The Documentary Hypothesis
  • Israel’s Stories of the World’s Beginnings
  • Hearing the Creation Stories the First Time
  • Historical Illumination
  • The P & J Story
  • Reading the P & J stories through a Historical Lens
  • Break
  • Reading the Creation stories through a Metaphorical Lens
  • The Character of Human Existence
  • Postcritical Naivete
  • Activity
  • Homework
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 3

  • Opening Prayer
  • Discussion
  • Israel’s History – Part 1
  • The Patriarchs
  • Israel in Egypt
  • The Judges
  • Reading the Pentateuch Again
  • Joseph and His Brothers
  • Break
  • The Exodus: Israel’s Primal Narrative
  • Central Meanings of Israel’s Primal Narrative
  • Activity
  • Homework
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 4

  • Opening Prayer
  • Discussion
  • Israel’s History – Part 2
  • Joshua, The Judges, Samuel
  • The United Kingdom – Saul, David, Solomon
  • The Divided Kingdom
  • The Kingdom of Judah
  • The Babylonian Exile
  • The Restoration
  • Break
  • Reading the Prophets Again
  • Concluding Reflections
  • Activity
  • Homework
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 5

  • Opening Prayer
  • Discussion
  • Reading Israel’s Wisdom Again
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Job
  • Break
  • Activity
  • Class Evaluation
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer