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    Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    I am teach English reading. And there are some articles in our textbook which are extracted from Chapters in the Bible, such as Genesis, the birth of Jesus Christ. I'd like to enrich relative background knowledge. But I don't know which Chapters are most valuable and benefical for students. There aren't much periods in this term. Would you like to make some recommendatations on reading Bible?
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    Re: Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    This website might help:

    Bible for Children Free Bible Stories to Download

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    Re: Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Thank you very much for the precious resources.
    But my students are college students.
    Is it easier for them? You know, the website is for children.

    Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    I am teach English reading. And there are some articles in our textbook which are extracted from Chapters in the Bible, such as Genesis, the birth of Jesus Christ. I'd like to enrich relative background knowledge. But I don't know which Chapters are most valuable and benefical for students. There aren't much periods in this term. Would you like to make some recommendatations on reading Bible?
    It's very difficult to get a cultural background for reading the Bible because it was written over hundreds (perhaps a thousand) years, by various people of various cultures.
    The Old Testament is the story of the ancient Hebrews (Jews). Christians rely mainly on the New Testament, but they retain parts of the OT in regard to the creation of the world, etc.
    To know about Jesus' life, the three 'synoptic gospels' Matthew, Mark and Luke are most appropriate. These are the books that purport to give a story of his life, death and ressurrection.
    After that, in the NT, come various letters written by the church fathers to their congregations. They are less relevant for a background context.

    There is a lot written about the Bible (and how to read it) on the internet, but very little of it is objective. Most sites are either overtly preaching (written by Christians), or overtly critical (written by atheists).

    You might be interested in something like, "The complete Idiots Guide to the Bible" (Don't be put off by the title! )
    eBooks.com - The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible eBook

    You could look at some of these sites, which at least aren't extremist:
    A Little Bible Handbook
    http://www.chinesestudentsusa.net/bi...nt_English.pdf
    The Seekers' Guide to the Bible - Part One
    Bible - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    (This is just the result of a quick search, weeding out some of the rabid fringe on both sides)

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    Re: Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    Just one point. Christians retain ALL of the Hebrew Bible as their "Old Testament."

    Christians order it differently, so that it ends with the prophetic books which they believe point to the coming of Jesus.

    To the original poster's point, reading the early books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus) gives a perspective on many of the stories that the West carries as its cultural heritage. And the Gospels tell the stories of what Jesus did and taught.

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    Re: Chapter in Bible - recommendations

    I'd add

    1 Samuel chapters 17, 18, 28, 31

    2 Samuel 1, 2, 6, 7, 11

    1 Kings chapters 3 and 6

    the Book of Job

    Psalms 23, 27, 51, 121, 150

    the Song of Songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    Would you like to make some recommendatations on reading Bible?
    Am I the only one here who thinks that this request should be answered only by giving the op some useful information on the Biblical English, not the Bible itself, for the forums are dedicated to English Language, not to religional matters ? I believe that there are tons of sites and forums about the Bible on the net which the op make good use of.

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    Am I the only one here who thinks that this request should be answered only by giving the op some useful information on the Biblical English, not the Bible itself, for the forums are dedicated to English Language, not to religional matters ? I believe that there are tons of sites and forums about the Bible on the net which the op make good use of.
    The Bible has had an enormous influence on the English language and culture. Knowing and understanding certain stories and other texts from the Bible is important for a person who wants to study English thoroughly. Nobody is discussing religion here.

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    Knowing and understanding certain stories and other texts from the Bible is important for a person who wants to study English thoroughly.
    It is okay giving some background if it is about some specific examples such as the idioms or the proverbs having roots in the Bible and are used in English , but other than that I disagree.

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    It is okay giving some background if it is about some specific examples such as the idioms or the proverbs having roots in the Bible and are used in English , but other than that I disagree.
    It's not only about proverbs and style. It's simply that people in the Western world (many of them) know the Bible at least to some extent. It's common knowledge so they can use it in their speech. I would say some parts of the Bible have become a part of language sensu lato. Not just fixed expressions, but whole concepts which people use to communicate. Without knowing the Bible, one will find it difficult to understand English art, English jokes, English politics and so on.

    It's not necessary to communicate in English of course. But it's certainly necessary to get profound understanding of English.

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