The Bible in the Digital Age


Pamela Eisenbaum, Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins

Course Synopsis

Digital technology is transforming our world.  An increasing number of people are using Bible apps and their digital devices (phones, tablets, computers) rather than print Bibles to access “the Bible.” This change of practice has significant implications for how people think about the Bible, what it is, and how we use it. We explore a number of digital technologies impacting our engagement with the Bible and critically reflect on how these technologies are changing not just how we engage the Bible, but perhaps the very nature of "Bible."

Today, when people hear someone mention the "Bible," they conjure an image of a book--perhaps black leather with gilded pages.  "Bible" may connote many things, but, in material terms, we have always known it as a book.  Will people still conceive of the Bible as a book 100 years from now?

Course Overview


Course Objectives

Books to Purchase:

Siker, Jeffrey S.. Liquid Scripture: The Bible in a Digital World . Fortress Press, 2017. ISBN: 978- 1506407869.

All other readings will be drawn from articles and essays available electronically or published on the web.

Here is an abbreviated description of the requirements for this course for your convenience.  Be sure to follow all instructions for each assignment.  Clicking on the link for each of the items listed takes you to those instructions.


Sep 13, 2019FriWk One: Sept 9-15: Introductions | Getting Started Setting up Websitesdue by 05:59AM
Sep 20, 2019FriWk Two: Sept 16-23: Technological Trends and Ethical Issues | Features and Effects of Digital Technologydue by 05:59AM
Sep 27, 2019FriWk Three: Sept 23-29: Jeff Siker on the Bible in the Digital Agedue by 05:59AM
Oct 04, 2019FriWk Four: Sept 30-Oct 6: Websites and Appsdue by 05:59AM
Oct 08, 2019TueReview of Website or Appdue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2019FriWk Five: Gathering Days: Bible as Interface, Part Idue by 05:59AM
Oct 18, 2019FriWk Six: Oct 14-20: Bible as Interface Part IIdue by 05:59AM
Oct 25, 2019FriInterface Assignmentdue by 05:59AM
Oct 25, 2019FriWk: Seven: Oct 21-27: We Can Build an Interface!due by 05:59AM
Nov 01, 2019FriWk Eight: Oct 28-Nov 3: Blogging, Tweeting, Translating, Googling, and Studying Scripture through Digital Mediadue by 05:59AM
Nov 08, 2019FriWk Nine: November 4-10: The Impact of the Digital on the Theology of the Bibledue by 06:59AM
Nov 15, 2019FriWeek Nine: The Impact of the Digital on the Theology of the Bibledue by 06:59AM
Nov 16, 2019SatWebsite - Portfolio of Work for Final Projectdue by 06:59AM