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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 Americas ideals if they are cut off from the stories that gave those principles life. -- The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 12, 1999)
From the Inside Flap
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.
The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, First Amendment Center, 10
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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We are using it in our Sunday School class and I am using it along with my own personal Bible reading.Read more