Critical Education about Marriage: Combining Critical Pedagogy and Phronesis For Religious Education.

Article English OPEN
Bigger, Stephen (2013)
  • Publisher: CSSALL, Durban SA
  • Subject: BS | L1 | LB2361 | LB | HQ

This article discusses the nature of criticality for religious education curriculum and pedagogy, with a particular focus on marriage in Hebrew Bible (Old Testament, abbreviated OT) texts. First, ‘criticality’ is defined in historical and literary terms, asking questions of what the Bible writers meant and intended. Secondly, the use of Bible texts is explored through the prism of ‘critical theory’, in which social critique particularly emphasises notions of justice, equity and democratic ‘voice’. The presence of secular Jewish thought within the Frankfurt school of social-critical thought suggests some influence from the ancient Jewish prophetic call for everyday justice. Thirdly, I explore synergies between critical theory and the Aristotelian concept of phronesis, ‘practical wisdom’ on effective living, as developed by Bent Flyvbjerg and colleagues. Through these lenses, I examine how these ideas might affect the way marriage is discussed and taught in religious education in Africa and elsewhere. Finally I discuss the broader potential for this mix of Critical Theory and phronesis for education as a whole.
  • References (17)
    17 references, page 1 of 2

    Douglas, Mary 1999. Leviticus and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Douglas, Mary 2004. Jacob's Tears: the Priestly work of reconciliation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Epstein , Louis M 1927. The Jewish Marriage Contract: A Study of the Status of Woman in Jewish Law. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary.

    Epstein , Louis M 1942. Marriage Laws in the Bible and Talmud. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

    Flyvbjerg, Bent 2001. Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Flyvbjerg, Bent, Todd Landman, and Sanford Schram 2012. Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Freire, Paulo 2004. Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Continuum.

    Giroux, Henry 1988. Teachers as Intellectuals: Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Learning. Granby, Mass.: Bergin and Garvey.

    Giroux, Henry A 1983. Theory and Resistance in Education. Granby, Mass.: Bergin and Garvey, (reprinted in part in Darder et al. (2009) 27-51).

    Grabbe, Lester L 2004. A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period, Volume 1: Yehud: A History of the Persian Province of Judah. London and New York: T&T Clark International.

  • Metrics
    0
    views in OpenAIRE
    0
    views in local repository
    39
    downloads in local repository

    The information is available from the following content providers:

    From Number Of Views Number Of Downloads
    University of Worcester Research and Publications - IRUS-UK 0 39
Share - Bookmark