Bible’s History Made Easy Via New Card Game
History is an important class for life, One creative New Testament professor has come up with a way to make learning about the Bible’s history more engaging.
Dr. James F. McGrath teaches a New Testament course at Butler University. He realized that students often came to his class with misconceptions about how the Bible was formed. McGrath considered this problem and then brainstormed a card game called Canon that makes learning about the Bible’s origins fun and educational.
He explains how he realized there was a need for such a game:
“The game originated with one of the challenges I face as a professor who teaches a one-semester course on the Bible. Students regularly come to class with misconceptions about the biblical canon.
Some think the whole thing dropped from the sky as a complete package, while others have heard the Da Vinci Code version that has Constantine telling the Church that it has too many Gospels and they need to cut the list down to four.
As those who have studied it know,” he continued, “the actual history of the canon is a complex one, which started with works that a network of communities happened to have and share, and then met with debates among themselves, as well as between themselves and others, about works they did not all share.
Discussions, additions, removals, and much else continued to happen down the centuries.”
Since the process of forming the Bible was “competitive and collaborative at the same time,” McGrath decided to apply those dynamics to his game.
Learn more by playing the Bible History card game this summer.