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Bibliodrama

Heather Smith introduces the concept of Bibliodrama which forms the basis of this issue's Bible Study

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BIBLIODRAMA COMBINES TWO influences to create a unique way of interacting with Bible stories and other classical texts. The first influence is psychodrama, a psychotherapeutic method where a facilitator takes a group through a scenario and the participants act it out. The second influence is Jewish Midrash, which looks at the spaces in Biblical stories: there is so much we are not told about what characters were thinking, or what their motivations were. Think of the story of the Garden of Eden. Eve, having eaten the forbidden fruit, gives some to her husband. The text says only, “and she also gave some to her husband and he ate”. (Genesis 3:6). What was Adam thinking? We aren’t told. An interesting line of enquiry would be to consider what might have been going through his mind. The facilitator will ask, “Is there an Adam here who would like to tell me what he was thinking?” This is an invitation to step into the story, imagine you are Adam and to speak in the present tense. Someone might say, “I thought it looked so delicious, I couldn’t resist.” The idea is to be Adam – not to say “I think Adam might have been thinking…”, but to step into Adam’s shoes.

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