Reply To: In Lecture 2, Dr. Dru Johnson mentions that there has been a decline in biblical literacy in the Church. After taking this course, what are some recommendations you would give to church leadership to increase biblical literacy?
+1. Reading through the whole Bible was a really impactful experience for me…the Old Testament in particular has so much wealth and so many challenging things (like, wow, Dinah’s brothers – is this supposed to be a good thing they did?). Reading Samuel/Kings/Chronicles made me way calmer about Church politics, because I realized that most of their kings were bad, so why should we expect something radically different?
I will say I did struggle with trying to be a “completist” on this stuff – sometimes I felt like I was just trying to get to the end, and not really learn and be shaped by it. I think the distinction in the course between Biblical literacy and Biblical fluency was very helpful there, and to me increasing Biblical fluency is the harder question.