Mari Jørstad, a PhD candidate in the Hebrew Bible & the Old Testament, also teaches the Hebrew language to students at Duke University. She quickly came to realize that simply giving students syntax guides for them to memorize was not a singularly effective way for them to learn the language. How can an instructor teach students language while keeping them interested? Jørstad decided to use Accordance, a Bible research software, to help foster exploration as a means of teaching Hebrew. Students use the software to discover various grammatical forms in the scriptural text they are studying, which engenders greater engagement. The PhD Lab is instrumental in helping Jørstad to develop this pedagogical approach along with supporting her own research in the perceptions of nature found in the Hebrew Bible. The lab does this by connecting her with other Duke PhD scholars to form a community for constructive feedback and collaboration.

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