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SBL Teacher Newsletter

July/ August 2012
Teaching the Bible is a bimonthly e-publication of scholarly essays on the Bible and its contexts, designed for teachers in secondary school and adult education settings.

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.

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SBL Interviews
Check out our SBL Interviews page, which features audio interviews with Bible scholars discussing their research and current debates in the field.

The most recent interview is with Prof. Ramsay MacMullen, of Yale University, who talks about archaeological remains and the practices of early Christians in the second through fifth centuries C.E.



Feature Essays

The End is Near: Appreciating Apocalyptic
By Peter N. Riefstahl

What's up with all those eyes, wings, and strange beasts? Peter N. Riefstahl introduces readers to apocalyptic literature, with a look at the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.


Teaching Wisdom: Proverbs and the Classroom
By Anne Stewart

You can't get much more 'old school' than the Book of Proverbs, which author Anne Stewart tells us was used like an instruction manual to teach young men the values of the good life.


Active Learning

What about our values of the good life today? Anne Stewart provides two ideas for classroom activities that will help students connect biblical ideas about wisdom to modern ones.
Ideas for Teaching Proverbs


"Deal proposed on Ten Commandments at Virginia public school,"
by Richard Simon for the Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2012

For more see the Bible in Secondary Schools section of the SBL site.

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