Four reasons why we should be teaching about the Bible – and not just in RE lessons

One English teacher explains how having a grounding in Biblical literacy can help students to better appreciate and understand the arts and humanities.


A head of humanities writing for Tes recently suggested that all state schools should be teaching the Classics, because being able to recognise and decode references to Hercules or Cupid would give young readers a deeper understanding of the texts they study.


But this got me thinking – what about Biblical literacy? Sunday school may be old hat but Biblical references are as much a part of literature as Classical allusions are.


Having a basic grounding in the Bible would put pupils in a stronger position to appreciate its influence across the subjects they study, and would also give them a head start if they went on to pursue the arts or humanities at university.


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