Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green’s Bible curriculum is a hit in Israeli schools

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Students gather around a tablet screen overlaid onto the hardcopy curriculum textbook. Photo courtesy of Museum of the Bible

Students gather around a tablet screen overlaid onto the hardcopy curriculum textbook. Photo courtesy of Museum of the Bible

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  • Jack

    It’s a pretty poor history book.

  • ronald

    I’m with Joe Cheban on this one!

    As historian Werner Keller has proven, the Bible is indeed an entirely accurate and error-free history textbook, suitable for teaching school children about world history. But it is so much more! It is a complete guide to everything from biology and all other aspects of science to day-to-day living.

    The Bible: There is no need for any other book, ever! Kudos to Israel! Assuming they are also teaching the New Testament as fact, that is.

  • “cutting-edge computer graphics and 3-D animation….make biblical stories come alive..”

    There is no other way to do it.
    The Bible stories are fictional. If special effects bring Superman to life, they can certainly work for Yahweh.

    Hopefully all this Bible blather will continue to destroy these myths and break them down into what they really are; tribal legends from profoundly primitive people who had no idea where the sun went at night.

  • Ed

    ronald the bible gets so much of science flat out wrong that it’s not even comical.

    So what shape is your planet, and how old is it? Different parts of the bible have different answers for that, and they are all wrong.

    Hey maybe your god could do a corrected version on the internet soon. But your god doesn’t exist, so, ain’t gonna happen.

  • ronald

    I would point out that in modern times the biblical scholar Charles K. Johnson has contended that the earth is flat, So the popular theory of a round earth is not entirely without learned dissenters.

    However, when pressed on this question I would simply quote the eloquent words of Sherri Shepherd: “Is the world flat? I never thought about it. I tell you what I’ve thought about. How I’m going to feed my child. How I’m going to take care of my family. The world, is the world flat has never entered into, like that has not been an important thing to me.”

    Preach it, Sister Sherri!

    The shape of the earth is something that the privileged athiest elites may sit around pondering in your Ivory Towers. But for us salt of the earth Christian folk, it is simply not something we think about. When each soul appears before the Creator for the Final Judgment, it is not their theory about the earth’s shape that will determine if their name is written in the Book of Life.

  • David Roland

    The Bible doesn’t have multiple answers for the shape of the earth, it has only one;

    “He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth”.Isaiah 40:22

    Please show me another quote to support your claim, Ed.

    Dave

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  • MarkE

    And Jesus began to weep.(John 11:35) So must all thinking Christians when hearing such inane comments..

  • @David Roland,

    “…circle of the earth”

    So somehow it impresses you that the Bible claims
    the earth is shaped like a sugar cookie?

    And guess what – if you climb a mountain and look down
    You will see the earth is a big flat cookie.

    This passed for insight 3000 years ago when they didn’t know where the sun went at night. How can you still believe the earth is shaped like a cookie? Have you not yet seen photos of the earth? It is a somewhat pear-shaped sphere.

    Not a cookie.

  • Joe

    Bull.

    Jesus hasn’t wept for thousands of years and hasn’t gotten off his lazy backside to do anything else either. Christianity is just a giant scam. Time to put it away.

  • Larry

    I guess you guys fell into the trap of taking ronald seriously. The guy is a Poe’s law troll.

  • Rev Chris

    Ronald…when you make claims for the bible that it does not claim for itself, you subject it to criticism and rejection. The bible has a lot of information on the history of Israel, such as the Israelites did eventually settle in Canaan. (They probably moved in by conquest, BTW.) But the bible nowhere claims of itself to be a book of biology, or anything else we call “science” today. This is a concept that did not exist in the time of the biblical writers. There is myth, poetry, story, parable, as well as texts that may say they are historical. But, why don’t you check the great Greek historians of that period. Often history was “what we thought the ruler would have said”. There is nothing like a modern newspaper or history book.

    What the Bible IS, is the Word of God. That is, for Jews, the Tanak refers to the anticipated Messiah. For Christians, Jesus IS that Messiah the Word of God. In this matter the bible is true.

    Don’t misuse the bible.

  • KERRY

    THE BIBLE IS NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION….well unless you want to learn how to murder the multitude (innocent children included) in cold blood – in that case, it’s bloody brilliant *guffaw*

    I confess…when people make reference to it, or quote from it – it makes my blood boil – because I’m worried that the people who are drawing their information from the book are legally allowed to breed.

    It was barely OK 2000 years ago to be so very ignorant as to put any stock in the bible. Today it is a less forgivable offense.

  • Venn

    Don’t misuse the bible. Use only one to three pages at a time. Try to leave some pages for the next person in the stall. Wash well afterward.

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  • Few of them seemed to be ‘weeping for those of us (archaeologists) here in Israel when we fought for decades against those individuals suffering from the Dan Brown ‘syndrome’. There has been abuse after abuse of science and biblical archaeology, numerous tombs of Jesus, $igns and wonders’ by not only self proclaimed ‘archaeologists’, yet when we asked those ‘weeping’ for help, those who loved ‘biblical archaeology (when it was in their favor), they fell silent. The only ones truly weeping are those of us academics here in Israel. who for decades fought this abuse. When we needed ‘them’ they disappeared. see joezias.org

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  • Gilberto Alicea

    On TILL WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND God purpose for the world we will continue to have problems with understanding the Bible. God original intent was to build a Nation not a Religion , The bible is God covenant of God is the law book , the bible is about a King a kingdom and his royal family we keep promoting it as a Religious book we can’t live any part of it out to please other religions .I personally deliver two books from Myles Monroe that explain very well this subject to Mr Green to help him understand and also to Clearfield the misunderstanding that most religious people have. I belive this material was very helpful to his project and I also belive that It was God true the Holy Spirit that move me to fly down to his home town to personally deliver the book . Jesus Christ is to be present in every school in the World and we most preach the Kingdom of God to the hole World then the end most come remember this message of the Kingdom of God.

  • Larry

    “The bible is God covenant of God is the law book , the bible is about a King a kingdom and his royal family we keep promoting it as a Religious book we can’t live any part of it out to please other religions”

    Funny, Al Queda says the exact same thing. There is no such thing as a theocratic government which produces a great nation. Theocracy is like every other form of unfree, autocratic rule. It runs nations into the ground and increases general misery for the greatest numbers of people.

    Gilberto, I find your views to be repugnant to any notions of freedom, morality and basic decency.

    “I personally deliver two books from Myles Monroe”

    You are also just a shill trying to push paper.

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  • Chris

    WOW!!! Amazing how one book draws so much hate from those who do not believe it. Well if it is not true you have nothing to lose. If it is true all Bible rejectors will spend an eternity in hell fire… roll the dice 🙂
    Revelation 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.