“Experience Has Ways of Boiling Over:” A Response to Edward Greenstein’s Pragmatic Pedagogy of Bible

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dc.contributor.author Levisohn, Jon A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-27T17:28:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-27T17:28:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-05
dc.identifier.citation This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Journal of Jewish Education © 2009 Taylor and Francis, and is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15244110903092709
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10192/39015
dc.description.abstract Responding to Edward Greenstein’s paper, “A Pragmatic Pedagogy of Bible”, the author raises a number of questions provoked by Greenstein’s suggestion that teachers of Bible should choose their methodological approaches to the biblical text for particular contexts and groups of students, with an eye towards interpretive ends. He argues that Greenstein’s position might be easily misinterpreted as relativistic, and that scholars and teachers do—and should—debate the relative merits of particular interpretive approaches (of which Greenstein’s discussion approaches to the story of the Tower of Babel is, in fact, an example). Interpretive methodologies “work” not only by producing desired results, but by responding to the full range of textual evidence—including those aspects of a text which cause the reader to become aware of her own assumptions and even rethink her belief(s); such potentially transformative challenges are at the heart of the educational encounter with foundational texts. Finally, the author argues that pedagogic choices are not just a matching process between students, context, and interpretive approach, but also about which texts we choose to teach in the first place, what kind of interactions with and dispositions toward the biblical text we want to foster and how we might do so.
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is one of a series of working papers on the teaching of Jewish studies, available for free download from the website of the Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies, a project of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. http://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/projects/bridginginitiative.html
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher The Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies;Working Paper No. 2b
dc.title “Experience Has Ways of Boiling Over:” A Response to Edward Greenstein’s Pragmatic Pedagogy of Bible
dc.type Working Paper


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