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Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?
Where Teachers Can Turn for Help
By Charles R. Kniker
Teaching resources for the Bible in Literature classes include James S. Ackerman and Thayer S. Warshaw, The Bible as/in Literature, 2nd ed. (Chicago: Foresman Scott, 1976), and John B. Gabel and Charles B. Wheeler, The Bible as Literature: An Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986).
The Society of Biblical Literature has produced an excellent series called The Bible in American Culture. The six volumes in the series, available from Scholars Press, offer insights into the role of the Bible in popular culture and in American arts and letters, law, politics, rhetoric, education and social reform.
Specific teacher materials include the National Council on Religion and Public Education’s Teaching the Bible in Literature Classes, edited by Nicholas Piediscalzi.
The Eden Seminary, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119 also sells back issues of the journal Religion & Public Education, which sometimes features Bible and Literature themes. “Women, Religion, and Education” (Summer 1987) includes several selections on women in the Hebrew scriptures. The Winter 1990 issue contains essays on the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible and its implications for public school teachers.

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