The stories, legends and folk tales of the Bible have influenced our literature, art, drama, music, traditions, politics, values and our culture. Familiarity with these stories is important not because they are sacred stories that should be taken as literally true but because they are important culturally to those of us who are the inheritors and beneficiaries of the Judaeo-Christian religious tradition. The themes and images in these stories are reflected in the artifacts of our culture—our literature, our art, our music—and we would be aesthetically and intellectually impoverished without a working acquaintance with them. Warning—as in other myths and legends of the ancient world, there is violence, rape, incest and murder in these stories. The target audience is high school and above.