Museum of the Bible Submits Elective Bible Curriculum to School Board in Oklahoma
Museum of the Bible, a nonprofit organization that will oversee a yet-to-be-named international museum focusing on a scholarly approach to the Bible, presented a first draft of a pilot version of a new academic, elective Bible curriculum for high school students to the board of the Mustang Public Schools on April 14.
“The curriculum is a logical extension of our museum and parallels its design, which will have one floor dedicated to each of following: the history of the Bible, its narrative and its impact,” said Dr. Jerry Pattengale, executive director of the Green Scholars Initiative, which oversees the curriculum’s development.
“We have a unique value proposition to offer with this curriculum, given our work with scholars, the Green Collection's rare biblical texts and artifacts that currently number more than 44,000, and the museum, which will open in 2017 a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington,” said Pattengale.
Pattengale, author of several books on education and recognized for his role as a student advocate, oversees a team of international scholars engaged in this initiative. The scholars have expertise in a variety of academic disciplines and come from various backgrounds and faith and non-faith traditions. The first year of the four-year curriculum will provide an overview of the Bible’s literary and historical context, followed by a year each on the history of the Bible, its narrative and its impact.
The pilot version of the overview year presented to the Mustang Public Schools board has undergone multiple, extensive rounds of scholarly writing, scrutiny and editing, with additional layers of editing still to come. Besides content consideration, the review process included cultural representation, age appropriateness, grammar and scholarly objectivity.
According to Pattengale, there is high market demand for scholarly biblical education, not only in America but internationally, as well. While thousands of schools already use other biblical curricular options, the Museum of the Bible’s offering is distinct on four fronts: its tie to a major museum, its access to a collection of artifacts, its engagement with a breadth of leading scholars, and its robust level of technology. This curriculum utilizes convergent media in creating an interactive, student learning experience. Its main pedagogical technology partner, the Jerusalem-based Compedia, is considered the educational leader in “augmented reality."
About Museum of the Bible:
Museum of the Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to invite people to engage with the Bible through four primary activities:
EXHIBITS: Traveling exhibits of biblical artifacts from the Green Collection have, to date, been held in 17 cities in the United States and in four other countries. The Passages exhibit currently is on display in Springfield, Mo., Verbum Domini II runs in St. Peter's Square in Rome through June 22 and the Book of Books is on display at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem through September.
SCHOLARSHIP: Academic research conducted through the Green Scholars Initiative brings established and young scholars together to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the Green Collection.
MUSEUM: A yet-to-be-named international museum opening in 2017 in Washington, D.C., will be dedicated to a scholarly approach to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.
CURRICULUM: Many scholars have provided input to the writing the development of an elective Bible curriculum for high school students.