Originally Posted by psaulm119
Hi there. I am having a very tough time finding a text for a Bible as Literature course I'm going to be teaching at the charter school where I teach. I have found only two that are suitable for high school (grades 9-12). bibleinschools.net has one that has decent material, but their layout is incredibly plain (looks like they created this book using nothing other than MS Word and some cheap clipart), and they want $100 a book. I have also browsed through bibleliteracy.org, but their book (although it has lots of glossy photos) seems to invite students to interpret the Bible figuratively (as opposed to literally) and I'd rather not have to deffend the literacy of a passage every time we open the book.
Have any of you come across these courses in your communities? What texts were used? School starts in 3 weeks and I'm getting a bit desperate. Thanks in advance.
If you can't find anything else (and I'm sorry I don't have any recommendations for you), I say go with the latter text and devote one or two classes to the topic of the literal/figurative interpretation of the Bible, and then move on with the actual content of the course.
Personally, I like thinking of the Bible as literature. Somehow it is so much easier to grasp the truth of a passage if you look at it as you might look at your favourite novel (a trusted friend with beautiful imagery). That way the awkward sentences (reading a translated text is frustrating sometimes) don't matter as much as the underlying truth.