From the Cranky professor, a useful list of Bible themes for getting students through a course in Renaissance Art:
You see, I gave up long ago. None of them know anything about scripture. None of them will have learned anything about scripture since they got to college which would be useful for understanding the cultural deposit. Therefore I have to teach them – or stop and explain every other slide.
So my Art 270, Art of the First Christian Millennium, begins with a Bible Knowledge workbook. I’ve been doing and redoing this for a few iterations (including the semester in Rome) and it’s getting pretty sophisticated.
Yeah, if I go back to teaching, I could see where that would be something I might need to refer to. I agree it is quite frustrating how little most of my students knew about Christianity.