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eBook Studies in Jewish Education IX: Understanding the Bible in Our Time
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Publisher:  Varda Books
Original Publisher:  The Hebrew University Magnes Press
Published:  2009
Language:  English
Pages:   382


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About the Book -- Studies in Jewish Education IX: Understanding the Bible in Our Time

Our volume opens with the papers delivered in honor of Professor Greenberg: As colleague and friend, Professor Seymour Fox shares his personal thoughts on Professor Greenberg describing his devotion to Jewish learning and scholarship (in Hebrew); Professor Yair Zakovitch (delivering the first formal lecture) proposes that the problems in teaching the Book of Joshua can be neutralized if taught in the context of the history and culture of the ancient world. By contrasting ancient values and perceptions with those of contemporary (young) minds, Zakovitch is convinced that students will readily be drawn to post-Biblical commentary which has always confronted the moral and ethical issues arising from the ancient texts. In this manner, Zakovitch maintains, we can preserve the vitality and relevance of the Biblical texts; Dr. Lea Mazor, focuses on the moral problems arising from the Book of Joshua, in an attempt to analyze the official attitudes of the State Educational System towards the Book of Joshua in the Zionist and post-Zionist eras. From a historical persective, Mazor traces the changes in attitudes as reflecting the political-military realities of the periods in question; the values of the Book of Joshua in fact served the founding fathers of the Jewish homeland and their ideology while Israel's political and military reality of recent years has motivated educators to challenge those very same values; Dr. Gabriel Haim Cohen concludes this chapter with a proposal for a “meta-historical” approach to the teaching of the Book of Joshua which would focus on a Rabbinical understanding of its difficult issues. Dr. Cohen draws from Greenberg's writings on the issue of herem and suggests, as Greenberg does before him, that such an approach be applied in the state school system as well as in the religious system.

The second part contains two articles addressed to teachers in both educational systems. Both authors propose that the Bible be read with the aid of additional “lenses”; for Professor Ed Greenstein, ancient languages and literature are essential aids in enriching our understanding of Biblical texts and for Dr. Ruth Ben-Meir, the study of traditional commentaries are necessary in order to cultivate students of “Torah”.

In the third part, the authors address a particular issue pertaining to a particular educational context. Professor Yaira Amit examines the attitude of the State Educational System towards Biblical Criticism, surveying the literature from the previous century until today; Dr. Marla Frankel dilineates criteria for the integration of aggadaic legends in the teaching of Bible in the State School System (particularly in the middle grades); Rabbi Neria Guttel addresses from a religious perspective, the dilemma of the preferred source – the scholarly expert or the ethical figure? Dr. Hananel Mack suggests new directions for Bible instruction in the Religious School system in order to prevent dissolusionment when students eventually encounter scientific and critical study of Biblical texts.

Part Four includes articles whose main focus is a particular thinker or Biblical scholar: Dr. Michael Ohana focuses on Yeshayahu Leibowitz and his view of sacred literature; Dr. Ari Bursztein discusses Abraham Heschel's understanding of revelation and his position on Biblical criticism; Dr. Howard Deitcher reviews Nechama Leibowitz's approach to Biblical heroes; Dr. Daniel Marom re-examines Ben Zion Dinur's orientations regarding Bible instruction and Dr. Alex Sinclair examines the Biblical scholarship of J. Cheryl Exum in light of Rosenak's philosophy of Jewish education.

Part Five presents two articles relating to teacher training: Professor Barry Holtz discusses the areas of knowledge necessary for the Bible teacher today (“pedagogical content knowledge”) and Dr. Asher Shkedi contrasts the existing theories of researchers against the opinions of teachers themselves (concerning their own practical experience). While we conclude with Professor Shalom Rosenberg's appeal to teachers of Bible at large, to see the Bible anew (as counter culture to contemporary culture), it is our hope that Rosenberg's reflections serve as catalyst and not as closure for further discussion, research and meaningful instruction.

--From INTRODUCTION



About the Book

Contents

New Page 1

English Section

Marla L. Frankel &Howard Deitcher - Introduction: Understanding the Bible in Our Times: Implications for Education 7

Seymour Fox - Prof. Moshe Greenberg: The Scholar and his Contribution to Education (in Hebrew)

Part I

Yair Zakovitch - Teaching the Book of Joshua in Our Times (Abstract) 11

Lea Mazor - The Rise and Fall of the Book of Joshua in the Mamlakhti School System in View of Ideological Shifts in IsraeliSociety (Abstract) 12

Gabriel Haim Cohen - The Book of Joshua as Reflected in Midrashic Exegesis (Abstract) 14

Part II

Edward L.Greenstein - Interpreting the Bible by Way of Its Ancient Cultural Milieu (Abstract) 15

Ruth Ben-Meir - The Place of Exegesis in Bible Instruction (Abstract) 16

Part III

Yaira Amit - Biblical Criticism in the Teaching of the Hebrew Bible (Abstract) 18

Marla L. - Frankel The Use of Midrash in the Teaching of  Bible in Elementary School (Abstract) 19

Neria Guttel - Hearing the Truth “From Whence It Comes” vs. Hearing it from “An Angel of the Lord of Hosts” (Abstract) 21

Hananel Mack - Bible Instruction in State Religious High Schools; Critique and Suggestions for Improvement (Abstract) 22

Part IV

Michael Ohana - The Holy Scriptures in the Religious - Educational Thought of Yeshayahu Leibowitz (Abstract) 24

Ari Bursztein - “Depth Theology” and Biblical Criticism According to Abraham Joshua Heschel: Educational Implications (Abstract) 25

Howard Deitcher - Between Angels and Mere Mortals: Nechama Leibowitz's Approach to the Study of Biblical Characters (Abstract) 26

Daniel Marom - Authenticity and Invention in Post-Zionist Narrative: The Case of Ben Zion Dinur and the Teaching of Bible (Abstract) 28

Alex Sinclair - Choosing the Right Language: The Disciplinary Orientation of J. Cheryl Exum and Its Educational Implications 31

Part V

Barry W. Holtz - From Knowledge to Pedagogy: What Matters in the Preparation of Bible Teachers? 55

Asher Shkedi - Scholars' Theories about/of Teaching vs. Teachers' Theories about/of Their Teaching: The Case of Teaching Bible (Abstract) 73

Part VI

Shalom Rosenberg - The Bible and Its Values (Abstract) 74

Hebrew Section



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