7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Adults: Using Our Multiple Intelligences to Build Faith

by Barbara Bruce. Abingdon Press, 2000.

Howard Gardner’s research in Project Zero at Harvard University demonstrates that people learn through at least seven “intelligences”: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. After exploring and explaining each intelligence, author Barbara Bruce applies all seven of them to Bible study. Her detailed lesson plans provide ideas for stimulating and using each intelligence in an adult study of the Hebrew and Christian testaments. This book shows that a given lesson may make use of several (though not necessarily all) of the intelligences. Students may gain new insights by trying new intelligences, and may benefit by experimenting with ways of learning other than the ones they are most comfortable with. An appendix gives further suggestions for activities consonant with each kind of intelligence.