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Teaching the Bible
For the College Classroom

The Wabash Center, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) have compiled a collection of more that 1800 syllabi in a wide variety of courses in religious and theological studies.The Wabash Center also has other resources, such as Teaching Tactics, which describes exercises one can use in class to teach about religion.

Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom
Edited byJane S. Webster,Glenn S. Holland

Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Volume Two
Edited byJane S. Webster,Glenn S. Holland

For High School Classrooms and the General Public

There are many differences between Bible study, which happens in a religious setting, and study of the Bible, which happens in an academic one. Bible Odyssey presents the work of scholars in an engaging format that reveals the historical context behind key people, places, and passages of the Bible that have influenced our history, literature, popular culture, and politics. 

Teaching the Bible
A newsletter designed to support teachers of secondary school Bible electives. It featured easy to read and reliable resources that you can use in your classroom.

Bible Electives in Public Schools: A Guide is an SBL-produced guide to teaching the Bible in public secondary schools.
Teacher Training 

Teacher training video series from The Georgia 3RS Project

Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction
Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray

Teaching the Bible through Popular Culture and the Arts
Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray
First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America
Charles Haynes, Sam Chaltain, and Susan Glisson

Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum
Warren Nord and Charles Haynes
Classroom Resources 
HarperCollins Bible Dictionary


Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time
Kristin Swenson


Legal and Court Cases
Abington Township v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963) 

Doe v. Porter (E. D. Tenn. 2002) 

Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987)

Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968)

Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971)

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (M. D. Penn, 2005)

McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948)

Moreno v. Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees Complaint

District to Settle Bible Suit” by Neela Banerjee, New York Times, March 6, 2008

State of Georgia Attorney General’s 1999 Opinion on the NCBCPS Curriculum

See Prof. Mark Chancey’s website for more:

Other Guides
American Academy of Religion Curriculum Guidelines for K-12 

“Religion in the Public Schools: A Joint Statement of Current Law” (April 1995)

U.S. Department of Education, “Religious Expression in Public Schools” (1995)

The Bible and Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide
SBL has worked with The Bible Literacy Project and the First Amendment Center to provide a written framework for discussion of the issue of teaching Bible in public schools while adhering to the first amendment to the Constitution. 

Other Resources
*These are external sites that may have content useful to those who teach the Bible. As external sites, SBL neither controls nor endorses their content.*
The Bible and Interpretation is a site run out of the University of Arizona that collects resources and articles of interest around the teaching of the Bible, religion, and related topics.

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