WHY BIBLE HISTORY?
WHY THE BIBLE IS RELEVANT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM
Many people are surprised to learn that Hamilton County, TN, public schools offer students a robust Bible History academic program. Teaching Bible History to public school students in grades 6-12 offers numerous academic and social benefits, many of which contribute to a well-rounded education for Hamilton County public school students.
Why Study the Bible in the Classroom?
- The Bible is one of the cornerstone texts of world history, and it is the best-selling book of all time.
- The Bible is the most widely known book in the English-speaking world.
- The Bible has shaped the arts, literature, and humanities. It is quoted in hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature, and it is important that our students have a broad cultural awareness.
- It has influenced some of the greatest works of literature, art, and music, including Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Shakespeare’s Othello, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation.” In studying Bible History, students gain an appreciation for how the Bible has affected almost all aspects of culture.
- Bible stories that are part of the cultural fabric of America: the creation story, the forbidden fruit, the Garden of Eden, my brother’s keeper, Noah’s Ark/flood account, plague of locusts, David & Goliath conflict, the Golden Rule, and the Prodigal Son. Many students have never even heard of these stories, yet these are part of the fabric of our culture, our national conscience, and our vocabulary.
- “Bible knowledge is essential to comprehending the art of Giotto and Chagall, Bach cantatas and African-American spirituals, Shakespeare’s plays, countless allusions in novels and poems, historical events like the Protestant Reformation and the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements, the rhetoric of U.S. presidents, populism and pacifism, and on and on.” Source: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/11/the-bibles-influence-the-bible-public-schools-a-fi/
- Biblical language permeates our conversation. Without the study of the Bible in our schools, we run the risk of creating an avoidable deficiency in American education.Deep knowledge requires cultural literacy. When the schools of a nation fail adequately to transmit the literate national language and culture, the unity and effectiveness of the nation will necessarily decline.
- The Bible is an integral part of American history and its founding documents. From the genesis of our country, the Bible has been afundamental text that has both inspired and guided our nation’s leaders. Men such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln are all credited with incorporating biblical principles into their leadership decisions. Ideas such as democracy and republicanism were both influenced by the Bible.