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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Standards for Bible Literacy Courses


Academic study of the Bible in public schools is legal in all 50 states of the union. In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Abington v Schempp that public schools may not require devotional use of the Bible. In that same decision, however, the Supreme Court explicitly acknowledged that academic study of the Bible in public schools is constitutional, as part of a good education.

The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, co-published by the Bible Literacy Project and the First Amendment Center, provides consensus legal guidelines for teaching the Bible in public schools, and was endorsed by 21 national educational, religious, and civil liberties groups, including the National School Boards Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the American Jewish Congress.

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State Laws, Standards and Correlations

Our textbook, The Bible and Its Influence, fulfills all of the following state standards.


Certification of State Adoption Status: Our textbook was approved in October 2007 for the 2008 adoption year on the State-Adopted Textbook List for Literature, grades 6-12, in the Comprehensive category. The direct link to the list in which our textbook can be found is

Textbooks Adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education (from 6/1/08 to 5/31/14): Literature, Comprehensive (Excel Spreadsheet)
Within the spreadsheet provided there, our textbook is on the second tab at line 54.
Ours is the only student textbook on the Bible that is approved by the Alabama State Board of Education.


Arizona State Standards for Biblical influence; schools; electives as of 4/21/2012
Signed by the Governor on April 17, 2012


Act 1440: 04/22/2013
An act to allow school districts to adopt curriculum standards as directed by this act for an academic study of the bible course that may be offered elective course in a public school district.
Direct Link to File


Florida State Standards for Bible Courses


SB 79, effective July 1, 2006

Georgia Performance Standards for Literature and History of the Old Testament Era

Georgia Performance Standards for Literature and History of the New Testament Era


HB 2321 effective November 1, 2010.

South Carolina

S 726, signed June 18, 2007

South Carolina Department of Education: Old Testament and New Testament Standards

South Dakota

See press release for full information.

Click here for the full SD Resolution No. 1004


SB 4104, effective July 1, 2008

Tennessee State Board of Education:
   Direct Link to TNSBE: Curriculum for a Secondary Level Course on the Bible
   Alternate Link: IVBCurriculumforaSecondaryLevelCourseontheBible.pdf


HB 1287, effective fall 2009

Texas State Standards for Bible Courses


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