The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults

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The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults Christine Eaton Blair Geneva, Louisville, 2001. 138 pp. $12.95. ISBN 0-66450148-6.

Why is it that most churches offer a steady stream of Bible study opportunities, only to attract few participants? Blair offers a creative response to this common dilemma when she envisions the Bible teacher as artist. Artistic teaching, when grounded in knowledge of scripture, methods for studying scripture, and the needs of adult learners, can awaken teachers and students to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. "Just as a painter must be taught the medium of paint and canvas and must develop ease with tools such as brushes and palette, so too teachers need help in developing their knowledge and skills" (p. 4).

Blair begins her description of artistic teaching of the Bible with a theological framework that identifies the purposes for Bible study: conversion, identity formation as people of God, faith in action, and spiritual growth into a holy life. Clarity and focus in relation to these purposes enable teachers to reflect critically on their own intentions and to plan coherently. …