Teaching Resources

Bibliography for Literary Studies

Boscaljon, Daniel and Alan Levinovitz, eds. Teaching Religion and Literature. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Special Issue: “Rethinking the Bible as Literature: A Pedagogical Forum.” Religion and Literature. 47.1 (2015). 236-241.

Olshen, Barry N. and Yael S. Feldman, eds. Approaches to Teaching the Hebrew Bible as Literature in Translation. New York: the Modern Language Association, 1989.

Other Resources

Online Repositories

The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives)

Includes syllabi, activities, videos, and other resources for instructors.

Finding God in Cyberspace: A Guide to Religious Studies Resources on the Internet

Includes a section on Teaching Resources and subject resources organized by Academic Disciplines.

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Includes syllabi, teaching strategies, books, articles, webinars, and the journal “Teaching Theology and Religion.”

Society for Biblical Literature: Teaching the Bible

Includes resources for online teaching, syllabi, and suggested reading.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter)

Resources on the origin and development of Bible canons, biblical interpretation across the centuries, and the reception of the Bible in scientific, cultural, artistic, and humanistic fields in addition to theological circles.

Book Series

American Academy of Religion (AAR) Teaching Religious Studies Series

Sample titles include Teaching Inter-religious Encounters, Teaching Buddhism, andTeaching Religion and Film.


Benefiel, Margaret and Bo Karen Lee, eds. The Soul of Higher Education: Contemplative Pedagogy, Research and Institutional Life for the Twenty-first Century. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2019.

Henking, Susan G. “The Open Secret: Dilemmas of Advocacy in the (Religious Studies) Classroom.” Advocacy in the Classroom: Propaganda versus Engagement. Ed. Patricia Meyers Spacks. (1996). 245-259.

Hyman, Gavin. “The Study of Religion and the Return of Theology.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 72 (2007): 195-219.

Juergensmeyer, Mark, ed. Teaching the Introductory Course in Religious Studies: A Sourcebook. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1991.

Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. San Francisco, CA: Jossy-Bass, 1997.

Roncace, Mark and Patrick Gray, eds. Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

“Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology.” Theme Issue. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 65.4 (1997).  

Teaching Literature and Religion at a Christian College


Holmes, Arthur. The Idea of a Christian College. 1975. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1987.

Jeffery, David Lyle and Maillet, Gregory. Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2011.

Ryken, Leland. The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly About the Arts. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1989.

Smith, David I. and Susan M. Felch. Teaching and Christian Imagination. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 2016.

Weil, Simone. “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God.” Waiting for God. 1951. Trans. Emma Crauford. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009. 57-66.


The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship

The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning