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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Educational Resources and Review Committee

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The Educational Resources and Review Committee addresses the need for accurate, academically-sound classroom resources on sacred texts for secondary schools, as well as resources that inform and educate the general public. This committee is tasked with:
  • Researching current U.S. state and national standards on religion and sacred texts in public schools, with a focus on biblical and related literatures.
  • Being informed about international trends and work on teaching religion/sacred texts in public settings.
  • Creating connections and collaborations with faculty and teachers in the education sector.
  • Developing curricular materials (modules) that will aid secondary teachers, students, and administrators in teaching and understanding critical approaches to religions and sacred texts.
  • Working with other organizations such as the First Amendment Center/Newseum to focus on legal aspects of teaching religion in public settings.
  • Raising awareness of the delicate issues surrounding teaching religion and sacred texts among school boards, administrators, teachers, and the general public.
Members of the committee:

Mark A. Chancey - Chair

Steve Friesen

Gary Herion

Richard Layton

David Levenson

Carleen R. Mandolfo

Moira Bucciarelli - Staff Liaison

 
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