The Future of the Bible

The next generation won't be reading Scripture in the form of a bound book. As society moves from a print to a digital culture of social networking, hyperlinks, and blogs, how the Bible is read will change dramatically. Jewish tradition and scriptural culture hold some interesting clues about how society can rediscover Scripture today.


Nationally noted author, professor of religion, and SPU alumnus Timothy Beal '86 will give a free public lecture on Monday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Respondents will be SPU Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture Jeff Keuss and First Free Methodist Church Pastor Blake Wood. Beal, the Florence Harkness professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University, has authored 11 books, including Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know, and Roadside Religion: In Search of The Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's choice and one of Publisher's Weekly's ten Best Religion Books of 2005.


The event is sponsored by SPU’s School of Theology and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education. Read a brief interview with Beal and some excerpts from his book, The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012