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General Editors

  • Cullen Schippe, M.A., former vice president and publisher for Music, Religion, and Social Studies at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
  • Chuck Stetson, Chairman of the Board, Bible Literacy Project

Contributing Writers

  • Joanne McPortland
  • Marjorie Haney Schafer, Ph.D.
  • Marc Stern, J.D.
  • Eve Tushnet

Textbook Reviewers and Consultants for The Bible and Its Influence

The book has been examined by 40 reviewers, with their feedback incorporated into the editing of the text. The reviewers include prominent literature academics as well as high school teachers and scholars from the Roman Catholic, Protestant Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Jewish traditions; along with secular scholars.

  • Robert Alter, Ph.D., professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, University of California at Berkeley
  • Roger Baker, Ed.D, emeritus professor of English, Brigham Young University
  • Pamela S. Blair, dean of faculty at The Winchendon School, Winchendon, Massachusetts
  • Paul Borgman, Ph.D., professor of English at Gordon College
  • Daniel Coleman, Ph.D., assistant professor, Portland State University, Oregon
  • Jack S. Coleman, M. Ed., former director of secondary education, Shelby County Schools, Tennessee
  • John Collins, Ph.D., Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School
  • Katherine Conover, M.A., a public high school teacher of English in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Thomas Dozeman, Ph.D., professor of Old Testament at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio
  • Jean Bethke Elshtain, Ph.D., Laura Spellman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Ellen Frankel, Ph.D., CEO and editor-in-chief of The Jewish Publication Society
  • David Freitag, public school English teacher, Grant High School, Portland, Oregon
  • George Gallup, Jr., founding chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute
  • Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., M. Comp. L., Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University
  • Michael Groves, a public high school English teacher in Portland, Oregon
  • Charles C. Haynes, Ph.D., senior scholar, First Amendment Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • Stephen Haynes, Ph.D., professor of English, Rhodes College, Tennessee
  • Linda Hodges, a public school English teacher at Jefferson County High School, Dandridge, Tennessee
  • Patricia Hoertdoerfer, M.A., M.Div., director of children, family and intergenerational programs for the Unitarian Universalist Association of America
  • Walt Holmes, a public school history teacher at Houston High School, Tennessee
  • Eric J. Jenislawski, M.A.R., associate professor of theology, Christendom College, Virginia
  • Kenneth D. Johnson, senior fellow for social policy and civil society at the Seymour Institute for Advanced Christian Studies
  • Mark C. Johnson, Ph.D., executive director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Amy A. Kass, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the humanities at the University of Chicago and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute
  • Herb Levine, Ph.D., executive director, Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Peter Lillback, Ph.D., president of Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Tremper Longman, Ph.D., Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College
  • Elizabeth Macklin, poet, writer, translator and editor
  • Frederica Mathewes-Green, M.A., author and commentator
  • Barbara Murray, assistant principal at West Linn High School, West Linn, Oregon
  • Anthony R. Picarello, Jr., J.D., M.A., general counsel, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Stuart Rowe, a teacher of English at Prairie High School, Vancouver, Washington
  • Dan Russ, Ph.D., director of the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College
  • Leland Ryken, Ph.D., the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College
  • Richard Sklba, S.S.L., S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee; former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Biblical Association
  • Joan Spence, a public school language arts teacher at Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, Washington
  • Marc Stern, J.D., general counsel, American Jewish Congress (also textbook contributor)
  • Charles Talbert, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Religion at Baylor University
  • Michael Verde, M.A., a private school English teacher at Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Marie Wachlin, Ph.D., professor, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon
  • Emil Wcela, D.D., auxiliary bishop (retired) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rockville Centre; former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Biblical Association

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