Wrestling with Jacob
Last year I had great fun teaching a postgraduate group with the theme of Bible and Electronic Media. Inevitably, with my interests there was a strong focus on hypertext. The final project required the students to produce a biblical studies resource in an electronic medium.
All the students rose to the challenge well. Even though none had any exerience of writing for the web etc. before the class.
The best of the projects, Kirsten Abbott's website devoted to the pericope from the end of Genesis 32, where Jacob wrestles with an adversary at the Jabbok, is now online at http://www.revkirsten.org/jabbok/
. It is well worth a look. I would also appreciate your comments, suggestions and ideas. I really hopoe to teach other such groups in future!
As well as the projects this course excited me because of the stimulating discussion of the issues around doing Biblical Studies in an electronic environment.
As well as the use of hypertext to destabilise our desire for one "best" reading, I enjoyed the way Kirsten has used the image and the colour scheme to enhance the presentation. You will also get a feel for the care and creativity she has taken with the site design.
I am still hoping that others from the class may find the time to polish their presentations and put them online for all to see. (But spare a thought for them as most of them are now entering the last months of their thesis!