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The Bible has been the most influential text in all of Western culture. It's difficult to understand medieval or early modern or much of modern literature without knowing it...

Prof. Barbara Newman, Northwestern University
from 2006 Bible Literary project


It's not that it's impossible to read some writers without a Biblical background, but that you would miss a whole dimension to their work.

Prof. Steven Goldsmith, University of California at Berkeley
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


I can only say that if a student doesn't know any Bible literature, he or she will simply not understand whole elements of Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth

Prof. Robert Kiely, Harvard University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...there is truth in the remark. "without Tyndale[Bible translator], no Shakespeare"...

Prof. David Daniell, University College London
from The Bible in English


You can't really study Western literature intelligently or coherently without starting with the Bible.

Prof. Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


...a familiar understanding of Christian doctrine in historical perspective thus contributes to a fuller appreciation of Shakespeare's art, but Shakespeare's art

Prof. Roland M. Frye
from Shakespeare and the Christian Doctrine


In English tradition and also for an American tradition begun by Puritan writers, a knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is even more crucial than classical references.

Prof. Ulrich Knoefplmacher, Princeton University
from 2006 Bible Literary Project


There is no book more important for our culture than the Bible, and it is fundametal to the study of English literature and language.

Prof. David Jasper and Prof. Stephen Prickett
from the Bible and literature

ACE course starts 24 Feb in Hong Kong!

ACE course starts 24 Feb in Hong Kong!

Each lesson centres around a Bible passage rich with idiomatic expressions or literary devices. At the same time It carries a specific theme (e.g.temptation, love) to stimulate meaningful discussion among students. Each lesson lasts from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the depth of discussion. Students generally become more interested in the English language, the Bible and Christianity after attending the course, according to our survey. Their creativity in using the language is also greatly increased.

Your deposit (HK$200) will be refunded after you attend 8 classes. If you finish 8 out of 10 classes, you will also be awarded a SELBL certificate.

Teachers are mostly welcome to inspect our class if they plan to implement the course at their schools or churches.

Requirements: Intermediate level of English (High school or above) is expected.
Date: 24 February 2011 (Taster session) for 10 weeks
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Venue: International Christ Church, 10/F Ford Glory Plaza, 37-39 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok (MTR Station Exit C), Kowloon, Hong Kong

How to Register:

Please email your name and contact number  to wallace@selbl.org. Please bring a deposit of HK$200 on the first lesson (fully refundable after attending 8 classes) You can decide whether to fully register the course or not after the taster session on 24 February 2011.

More details are found in the course flyer below.
ACE course registration form and flyer

Search idiom or name

A lot of phrases, such as "two-edged sword" and " an eye for an eye", are taken from the English Bible. Learning the stories behind these idioms is fun, and can help boost your vocabulary. Click here to find out now!

What's in a name?

Common names such as Joseph and Rachel have their origins in the Bible. Want to know their stories before picking the right name for yourself? Click here to find out.