The Bible and Its Effectual History
The Bible is a set of texts about God, humans, and the world. It raises historical questions, treats theological issues, and has also been deemed to be great literature. A holy text like the Bible has an effectual history in that its use, misuse, and non-use have impacted church, synagogue, and society. All these aspects are part of biblical studies.
I teach religious studies, more specifically biblical studies. Together with my students, I explore the world of the Bible – its content, theological strands, historical contexts, literary qualities, and effectual history. My teaching also includes thematic courses like Terrorism, Violence, and Religion. In 2015, I was awarded a pedagogical price called Årets pedagog by StuFF, the student union.
My research is situated in the intersection between biblical studies, ethics, and narrative pragmatics. I explore claims that biblical narratives like the Gospel of Luke convey moral messages. These claims are interesting and intricate, because the Gospel of Luke, for example, narrates what Jesus says and does. It does not expressly state its moral messages. Rather, such putative messages are implied in various portrayals of how Jesus interacts with persons and God. If that is so, the question is how we can know whether texts in, for instance, Luke’s Gospel challenges the audience to adopt a certain way of life when this moral message is not said explicitly but implied.