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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

SELBL Seminar 2010: How to Teach English through the Bible Creatively (10am, 11 September)

Society for English Learning through Biblical Literature (SELBL www.selbl.org) will hold a seminar at 10 am, 11 September (Sat) on how to teach English through the Bible creatively. The presentation will give an overview of ways of teaching English through the Bible. It is then followed by a briefing of the ACE Course developed by SELBL. Skills in planning and teaching these English lessons will be shared, as well as guidelines, precautions and challenges in teaching English as a second language to non-native English speaking students, with a focus on Chinese students.

Date: Sept 11, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Christian Short Term Mission Training Centre, 7/F, Citimark, 28 Yuen Shun Circuit, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong 
Registration Fee: As an introductory offer, this seminar does not incur a tuition fee.

(Donations over HK$100 will be given a Teacher’s Manual CD Pack with lecture demonstration video clips.)

Seats are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

For details and registration, please fill out the attached form. 

Seminar Registration Form

Search idiom or name

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