Un-domesticating the Bible
Most of my students come in with a rather domesticated Bible. To them, it is obvious what the message of the Bible is. They are fairly certain of its general contents. They know there is nothing really objectionable in there, except maybe a couple of sexist or homophobic lines (which should be expected of anything written before the last century, right?).
It is really easy to interrupt this sort of tamed Bible they carry around in their heads: all you have to do is actually read the damn thing.
I get a perverse pleasure out of this every friggin’ semester. I love watching their mouths hang open, the question marks hang above their head, just before they spit out: “I never knew that was in the Bible.”