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The Bible and Its Influence, Student Text (Bible Literacy Project) (Bible Literacy Project) Hardcover – January 19, 2005


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A signal achievement. Will serve as an excellent and even-handed introduction to the Bible. -- Marc D. Stern, American Jewish Congress

An undisputed triumph of scholarship and presentation. The achievement is breathtaking. -- Leland Ryken, PhD. Wheaton College, Illinois

An undisputed triumph of scholarship and presentation. The achievement is breathtaking." -- Leland Ryker, PhD. Wheaton College, Illinois

Solidly researched and professionally written. I am please to endorse this effort wholeheartedly. -- Bishop Richard Sklba, Catholic Biblical Association

[Whe public schools] decline to impart knowledge about such an important subject ... They are merely failing their students. -- Chicago Tribune (May 12, 2005)
Chicago Tribune (May 12, 2005)


[Young] people cannot understand America’s ideals if they are cut off from the stories that gave those principles life. -- The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 12, 1999)

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Academic study of the Bible in a public secondary school may appropriately take place in literature courses. Students might study the Bible as literature. They would examine the Bible as they would other literature in terms of aesthetic categories, as an anthology of narratives and poetry, exploring its language, symbolism, and motifs. Students might also study the Bible in literature, the ways in which later writers have used Bible literature, language, and symbols. Much drama, poetry, and fiction contains material from the Bible.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bible Literacy Project
  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: BLP Publishing; Student edition (January 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977030202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977030200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Marco Ciavolino on September 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have had the privilege of following the development of this book. It is everything I had expected. It genuinely presents the Bible as literature in a way that can be used by public and private schools.

Even teachers with little or no background in the Hebrew scriptures and/or the New Testament will easily be able to bring this valuable material to their students.

The fact is that there are 1000's of references in our culture (and others) to events and concepts from the Old and New Testaments.

I recently saw the digital proofs. Along with great content the book is full of beautiful pictures and illustrations. It's a book you will want to own and bring to your school.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Rowston on June 4, 2007
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I purchased this somewhat expensive but beautifully printed secondary school textbook because of an article which appeared in TIME during March 2007. The article was entitled "The Case for Teaching the Bible". I was encouraged that a book had been produced for the use of Bible in Literature courses in American Public High Schools.

The writers have given a reasonable survey of the contents of the 66 books of the Protestant Canon of Old and New Testaments in the Christian Bible. The presentation is essentially a version without historical critical undertones and without religious overtones. It is strong on the social influence of the Bible in American life.

If one wants the historical critical and religious perspectives there are the standard introductions by such writers as Bernhard Anderson and Lawrence Boadt on the Old Testament and Raymond Brown and David DeSilva on the New Testament. Indeed, if one seeks these perspectives at a similar level to The Bible and Its Influence, I would think that the introductions of John Drane would fill the gaps.

All in all, this is a positive presentation of the Bible that will go a long way to encourage secondary and early tertiary students to read the content of the Bible in a modern English translation with thoughtful understanding of its relevance down through the years.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Modern Blue Argonaut on January 1, 2007
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This book can provide a valuable education to middle and high school students. A 43 page preview can be read at by going to books dot google dot com and then typing in the title of this book. If you are on the fence about buying this book you should try the google book search to read the very generous preview. Schools can request an evaluation copy by contacting the publisher at sales at bibleliteracy dot org.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joan K. Snipes on November 9, 2006
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This wonderful textbook, intended for use by high school students, contains much background information on the Bible. These details not only give the stories of the Bible context but show their relevance to today. I have been a student of the Bible all my life, yet I learned new things reading this book. The examples of biblical art and the sidebars on cultural connections are especially interesting. For those who teach teens in Sunday School, this book is a very helpful guide.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Selene D. Peck on July 25, 2006
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Excellent resource and text to use in the Bible Literature course that I teach. Balanced, easy to use, and organized for a teacher's use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prying1 on November 4, 2009
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I will preface this by stating I am a Christian by choice not birth. Just a disclaimer not a boast. I knew quite a bit of the Bible and it's history prior to getting this book. That said, I am very impressed with it. In some places it has reinforced historical facts I've known and given tidbits between the facts to fill out my historical knowledge. It does so in a way that does not push 'religion' on the reader but does politely point out what some religious minded people (both Jewish and Christian) think about some Biblical issues. I say 'some' because for a book to include 'all' would be too large to handle.

Well done I say. Schippe and Stetson really did their homework.

Education and society (I can speak about the U.S. at least) has ignored the Bible to it's literary detriment. Many Biblical quotes, for example, are lost on people that don't know the source and the background of the quote. With a bit of Biblical teaching, which this book provides, substance is added not only to classics but contemporary writings. With knowledge of the Bible people can more readily enjoy literature.

Another plus to reading this book is that politicians often quote or even more often misquote the Bible. Biblical literacy can help one decide whether a political candidate or elected official is talking from his heart or through his posterior.

I heartily recommend this book to both those knowledgeable of the Bible and the novice. Quite a good, entertaining and educational read.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Blasewitz on May 12, 2007
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The book is an excellent attempt to cover Biblical principles and theory without using the book to convert or modify the readers present theological beliefs. It is approached from a historical basis and has the purpose to educate the student about the Holy Book called the Bible. It is well written with many interesting facts spread throughout the chapters to peak ones interest. Appears to be well balanced for a book that is trying to stay within guide lines for a public school curriculum. As our society becomes more open to the teaching of basic religious concepts/beliefs in the Holy Books, I can perceive that it would be a key component of a series of such texts that included other religions as well or texts that delved deeper into the books major topics(New Testament Study Or The Life Of Jesus etc.). Overall, an excellent beginning to educate without being over zealous .... students of all backgrounds will benefit.
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