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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
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Thank you for Mark A. Chancey's article on "Bible Courses in Public Schools: SBL's Response to a Growing Trend ."

As one who taught at the Presbyterian School of Education in the 1960s when responsible non-sectarian Bible courses were being developed for use in the public schools, I found the article informative and heartening.

Professor Chancey's findings about the state of this particular art in a time of resurgent interest in it gave me information I did not know, but the discovery that "most courses in Florida were taught from a sectarian perspective" and that in Texas "most were taught by teachers with no background in biblical studies, were full of factual errors, and were usually taught from a sectarian perspective" was far from heartening.

I also learned, however, that the SBL has a Working Group on the Bible and Public Education that has identified what needs to be done and has articulated a three-pronged programmatic response whereby the SBL can help to rectify the situation. It is heartening to know that the Society is prepared to bring its intellectual resources to bear upon a societal problem that is at the same time an educational opportunity.

Lamar Williamson, Jr., Professor emeritus of Biblical Studies, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Citation: Lamar Williamson, Jr., " In Response to Chancey," SBL Forum , n.p. [cited May 2007]. Online:http://sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleID=669

 
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