Curriculum and Sample Chapters
What Students and Teachers are Saying
Rationale for Teaching an
Academic Course on the Bible
What Scholars are Saying
State Standards for Bible
Literacy Courses
Teacher Training
Online Quizzes Access
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Ordering Information


About The Bible and Its Influence

  1. The Bible. The Bible serves as the foundational text for the course. Each student should have a copy of the Bible, preferably in a translation with which the student is comfortable. Translations used in the development of the student textbook include the King James Version, the New Revised Standard Version, and the Tanakh (or Jewish Bible).
  2. Student Edition. With the Bible as the primary text, the student edition guides the biblical reading and frames the classroom discussion in constitutionally acceptable ways. The textbook covers the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is rich in illustration and filled with features that demonstrate the Bible's influence on culture, art, and academics.
  3. Teacher's Edition. The Teacher's Edition contains all the information, lesson plans, background, and classroom scripts needed to teach this course effectively and successfully. New to the second edition is the Teacher Resource CD. Filled with blackline masters of student activities and projects to promote and extend student learning, the CD contains the following elements:
    • The Pacing Guide helps teachers monitor program instruction and pacing;
    • Graphic Organizers promote student comprehension of the biblical text;
    • People of INFLUENCE are blackline master activities that require students to focus on major figures from the Bible and on notable people inspired by the scriptures to create great works;
    • Places of INFLUENCE are blackline masters that require students to focus on important locations and sites from the Bible;
    • Chapter & Unit Tests include a variety of questioning strategies to assess a student's knowledge and comprehension of course content.
    • The Unit Bibliography provides teachers with scholarly resources, research, and helpful information to support instruction;
    • Unit Project Activities offer students self-selected, project-based opportunities to apply knowledge, differentiate instruction, and integrate curriculum into areas of visual arts, technology, dramatization, music, speech, and writing. Projects may be completed as independent, partner, or small-group work;
    • Unit Writing Activities require students to use chapter content and ideas to write for various audiences and various purposes. These activities serve to familiarize students with tasks similar to those required of students by educational standards.
  4. Test Master. Teachers can use the book of blackline masters to assess students' knowledge of chapter and unit content. Multiple choice, true-false, and fill-in-the-blank items provide a range of evaluation techniques to assess student knowledge.
  5. Website. The publisher of The Bible and Its Influence is the Bible Literacy Project. Its web site,, provides information on teacher training, access to resources, state standards, and First Amendment information.
  6. Teacher Training. Teacher training workshops are scheduled throughout the year to support incoming teachers. Led by experienced classroom teachers and administrators, these one-day sessions are provided in a variety of formats. Discussion topics include instructional strategies for presenting the Bible in an objective and academic manner, procedures for developing an effective communications plan, classroom management techniques, and the creation of a course syllabus. Online teacher training is also available.
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