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SBL Teacher Newsletter
Welcome to Teaching the Bible :
Welcome to the first issue of the monthly electronic publication, Teaching the Bible — TB for short. Designed to support teachers of high school Bible electives, it features easy to read and reliable resources that you can use in your classroom. Send your comments to: Moira Bucciarelli.

Ask an Expert
Have you wondered about the different creation accounts in Genesis? Or why the disciples in the gospel of Mark seem so clueless? Now you have the chance to “Ask an Expert.” Send your question(s) about characters, events, and conundrums in the Bible and a Bible scholar will respond. We will publish as many as we can in a regular Q & A column in the next issue.

Active Learning
Help your students engage with the Bible through an “active learning” activity designed and tested by Bible scholars in the college classroom, adapted here for high school. This month’s activity relates to the main feature on the transmission and translation of the Bible. For details, read on.

Teacher to Teacher
Many of you are already experienced with teaching the Bible in your language arts courses, or as part of a world religions course, or in an elective course on the Bible. We want to feature an example of a lesson you teach— send us an example of how you teach the Psalms, the Prophets, or the Pauline Letters (to name a few) and we will feature it here so that your peers can learn from you.

Student Work
If you have a student who has produced exemplary work relating to the academic study of the Bible and its historical, linguistic, or literary contexts, encourage them to send in their project so we can highlight examples of student excellence. Artwork must be scanned and sent in GIF, JPEG or PDF format. Audio files must be mp3 format. Digital photos must be (72 dpi or higher).

About the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
The SBL was founded in 1880 and is an international academic membership organization for people who teach, study, or are interested in academic study of the Bible and its related contexts and literatures. The Society’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship and does not hold any denominational or confessional stance, though many of our members are religious leaders.

Feature Essay
Transmission and Translation of the Bible:
Part I (800 BCE to 1000 CE)

by Brennan Breed
The fascinating history of how the biblical texts were recorded, recognized, and translated. (pdf)

Online Teacher Aids
A Canon Chart from Bible Study Magazine

Internet Resources of the Month
Ancient Texts by Chris Hooker
Site recommendations for online resources on Bible transmission and translation. (pdf)

Active Learning Exersise
Masoretes in the Classroom by Brennan Breed
Your students become Masoretic scribes as they try to transmit a text as accurately from memory as they can. (pdf)

by Samantha Spitzner (Flash Animation)
This timeline helps students visualize the important dates and places associated with key editions and translations of the Bible.

Digging the Past
Nuancing the Stone by Jonathan Reed
What does an archaeologist do and what can archaeology say about the Bible? (pdf includes a classroom activity)

Legal Issues
A Bite of the Apple By Isabelle Kinnard
Helpful pointers for teacher about the separation of church and state. (pdf)

Book of the Month
Review of Biblica
A recent Bible atlas, reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins for the Review of Biblical Literature. (pdf)

What does a Bible scholar do? by Moira Bucciarelli
A five-minute audio introduction to how a Bible scholar approaches the Bible.

Historical and cultural terms on the Bible and the ancient Near East (pdf)

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