Why do you need to know about the Bible to be an effective English teacher? Surely, it’s a religious text?
- It is also possibly the most influential literary text ever written. Until comparatively recently, the Bible influenced every English writer because it was the main text most people listened to and read since most English writers had Christian upbringings.
- The Bible is divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament forms the Torah for the Jewish religion, but also the first part of the Christian Bible.
- It is a collection of stories, the first of which was possibly written down in 3500 BC and drawn together by religious scholars over the ages.
- For the purposes of the English Literature teacher and student, the most important edition of the Bible is the King James Version or Authorized King James’ Version (AKJV) or (KJB) published in 1611. This English translation of the Bible is widely considered to be the most beautiful and is certainly the most influential; phrases it uses are often quoted in much succeeding literature. You can find it online here: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611-Bible/.
- A more comprehensible version is the New International Version (NIV), which lacks the poetry of the AKJV but is easier to understand.