Social Networking of The Holy Book

Oct 29

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Lecturers from the department of Theology and Religious Studies at Nottingham University have aired their views  over social networking sites on some of the great stories of the bible.

They have created a YouTube channel called ‘Bibledex’ and will be putting together videos detailing all 66 chapters of The Holy Book and questions they raise to make the issues more accessible to students and indeed anyone interested in the history of Christianity.

Professor Karen Kilby is head of the department and explains who the videos are aimed at:

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The video series has been compiled by the University’s award-winning film maker in residence and video journalist Brady Haran. Brady, who admits he is no scholar or theologian, is used to working on projects of a more scientific nature. He is currently involved with the making of The Periodic Table of Videos, Sixty Symbols and Test-Tube.

Brady said: “After making all those videos about chemistry and physics, I really wanted to turn my attention to a new area of academic research. Working with theologians has been fascinating, discovering the different ways they look at this most famous collection of texts. It seems every book of the Bible has its own history, personality and usually about 2000 years of twists and turns.”

It’s a great idea and shows that the department knows the importance of teaching methods using a range of media platforms, to make information as accessible as possible in a world where communication is becoming so convergent.

However, could some theologians and those who are religious see the videos as ‘dumbing down’ the most sacred pieces of literature in Christian history?

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In the videos, the scholars aren’t just trying to preach what the bible says but look into interesting arguments and debates surrounding it. They give information on what past academics thought and how historic Christian communities used the bible. In the Genesis video, the professors discuss the historical and scientific truth of the book:

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The videos are worth a watch, being of interest to all, regardless of religious background and attitudes. They approach issues surrounding the Bible in a speculative and analytical way and there’s space to post comments and generate public discussion on the topics explored. To have a look at the videos and keep track of new ones being posted, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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