EL 246 The Spirit of the Biblical Child

Module Level


Time Allowance

Summer School 3-7 June 2019, 2 hours per day


Continuous assessment 100%

Module Aims

In this module, participants will explore the child in the Bible and look at how the Bible has been adapted for and communicated to children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe aspects of the life of a child in biblical times
  • Undertake a childist reading of selected biblical texts from the Old and New Testaments
  • Differentiate between value-driven, dogma-driven, education-driven and engagement-driven retellings of biblical stories for children
  • Analyse aspects of the verbal and visual discourse of selected retellings of bible stories for children.


  • Bunge, Marcia J. (Ed), The Child in the Bible, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Pyper, Hugh S. and Caroline Vander Stichele, Text, Image and Otherness in the Children's Bibles: What is in the Picture? (Semeia Studies 56) 2014.


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