Bible Literacy Project
The Bible and Its Influence
The Bible and Its Influence is a textbook initially launched in September 2005. It is the only First-Amendment-safe textbook that supports academic study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The classroom textbook is taught in over 600 high schools in 43 states and has achieved a 10 percent market share in six states in the U.S. More than 100,000 students have benefited from instruction based on this textbook. Because of its broad acceptance in the educational community and its widespread use nationally, it has become the standard for academic Bible study in the U.S. It is also fast becoming the academic standard in the global community.
Developed over a five-year period with input from 40 leading scholars, religious leaders, and academic practitioners, The Bible and Its Influence is an opportunity to share the contents of the Bible in an appropriate way. Used in combination with the Bible, the textbook presents biblical content - the narratives, characters, plots, poetry, letters, events, parables, prophecies, and proverbs in the Bible. The program was designed to address the fact that, without an understanding of the Bible, today's youth cannot fully understand literature, art, history, music or culture.
The textbook supports instruction in Literature and Social Science courses, and can be taught in semester or year-long courses. Components of the program include the student edition textbook; the teacher edition textbook, complete with a resource CD; and an assessment program. The availability of the program in a digital format has opened the door to the international community.
Essentials in Education (EIE), parent company of Bible Literacy Project, was founded by Chuck Stetson and the Stetson Family Office. Its mission is to provide quality educational resources that enrich lives. EIE's publications have focused on topics of importance to its American audience: Bible Literacy, Marriage and Family, Character, Leadership, and the founding documents of the U.S. However, with its recent entrance into the global community, EIE has expanded its mission to address issues beyond the academy and beyond the walls of the church. Creating Academic Content that Enriches Lives Globally is its new focus.