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eng world literature for children

To read for this lesson:

Get a Bible, preferably one in a modern translation [not King James— usually the title page or the spine of the book will tell what the translation is]. From this Bible or the link below, read:

  • The whole books of Genesis and Exodus, at the beginning of the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Psalm 23
  • Luke 1 and 2
  • Matthew 1 and 2
  • Matthew 19:13-15
  • Link: Bible Revised ( Go to ‘Browse’ and get the books of the Bible you need to read.
  • Audio (

Questions for this lesson:

  1. What edition of the Bible did you use to do the reading, and why? Write the citation, either APA or MLA style for this article.
  2. Read Andrew Motion’s article about reading the Bible for non-believers, at this site:
    The Bible should be taught to all children (
    Write the citation, either APA or MLA style for this article.
    Do you agree with him? Why or why not? This is a course that asks you to think for yourself, so there are lots of right answers, including disagreeing with this author’s stance. And just because the article is more than a couple years old, for the humanities, that doesn’t mean that it should be considered irrelevant and dated.
  3. What are the most important values taught in the Bible reading for this lesson?
    Where do you see these values taught in the reading? Cite the story specifically.
    Where do you see Bible values in life today in the United States?
  4. Poetry.
    Consult the lecture first, then: Score the three versions of the twenty-third psalm 1-10 high based on the effectiveness of the poetry. Which one would you recommend that an adult reader memorize; why that edition?
  5. We are assembling/writing a textbook for college –level readers who want to learn about literature for children across the globe. Our audience is not children, but readers like you.
    What have you learned in other courses that would be relevant to this lesson?
  6. Cultural markers. A cultural marker is an item/practice/belief in a culture that marks it as distinct. Besides language, what are the three main cultural markers of the Judeo-Christian religions? Justify your choices.
  • Please note that this is an English course; spelling and punctuation and paragraphing matter for your fellow learners.
  • Please remember to capitalize the words Bible and God.
  • Please think for yourself—it’s your first amendment right. Outside sources can help you think, but they should not be the substance of your answer.
  • Finally, please remember that your answers should be at least six sentences long to each question posed—a total of 30 sentences this week, for all five questions put together. Be as specific as you can with evidence from the reading to back your points.

For this week, choose one:

  1. Go to a bookstore or public library and find three children’s Bibles. List the bibliographical information. For each version, examine which stories are illustrated. List the illustrations, with a two-sentence description of the illustrator’s style, along with your bibliographical information.
  2. Find two good websites to provide picture illustrations for this lesson. Right now it is all text, no pictures. No web-savvy reader will stick with this long. I’m not including lots of illustration right now because blind and other disabled students find that such decoration really makes accessing the course impossible.
  3. Find out what you can about Ruth Bottigheimer’s book, The Bible for Children: From the Age of Gutenberg to the Present. You must do more than simply give the review on Amazon or from the Yale University Press website. Please put this information in your own words. Always cite your sources.
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