The Bible in American Law and Politics

The Bible in American Law and Politics

While scholars increasingly recognize the importance of religion throughout American history, The Bible in American Law and Politics is the first reference book to focus on the key role that the Bible has played in American public life.

Author: John R Vile

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ISBN: 9781538141670

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While scholars increasingly recognize the importance of religion throughout American history, The Bible in American Law and Politics is the first reference book to focus on the key role that the Bible has played in American public life. In considering revolting from Great Britain, Americans contemplated whether this was consistent with scripture. Americans subsequently sought to apply Biblical passages to such issues as slavery, women's rights, national alcoholic prohibition, issues of war and peace, and the like. American presidents continue to take their oath on the Bible. Some of America's greatest speeches, for example, Lincoln's Second Inaugural and William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech, have been grounded on Biblical texts or analogies. Today, Americans continue to cite the Bible for positions as diverse as LGBTQ rights, abortion, immigration, welfare, health care, and other contemporary issues. By providing essays on key speeches, books, documents, legal decisions, and other writings throughout American history that have sought to buttress arguments through citations to Scriptures or to Biblical figures, John Vile provides an indispensable guide for scholars and students in religion, American history, law, and political science to understand how Americans throughout its history have interpreted and applied the Bible to legal and political issues.
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The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America

The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America

Furthermore, advocates have appealed explicitly to the Bible to support or oppose a variety of laws and public policies. ... A number of intellectual, legal, and political traditions and perspectives have informed American law and ...

Author: Paul C. Gutjahr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190258849

Category: Bible

Page: 692

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Early Americans have long been considered "A People of the Book" Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book-not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language-that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Few books can lay claim to such powers of civilization-altering influence. Among those which can are sacred books, and for Americans principal among such books stands the Bible. This Handbook is designed to address a noticeable void in resources focused on analyzing the Bible in America in various historical moments and in relationship to specific institutions and cultural expressions. It takes seriously the fact that the Bible is both a physical object that has exercised considerable totemic power, as well as a text with a powerful intellectual design that has inspired everything from national religious and educational practices to a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors to our nation's politics and foreign policy. This Handbook brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview--rich with bibliographic resources--to those interested in the Bible's role in American cultural formation.
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The Bible in American Life

The Bible in American Life

William Hickey, The Constitution of the United States of America (Washington, D.C.: J. and G. S. Gideon, 1846). See Kammen, Machine, 80. 21. To name only a few, see Johnathan O'Neill, Originalism in American Law and Politics: A ...

Author: Peter Johannes Thuesen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190468910

Category: Bible

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There is a paradox in American Christianity. According to Gallup, nearly eight in ten Americans regard the Bible as either the literal word of God or the inspired by God. At the same time, surveys have revealed gaps in these same Americans' biblical literacy. These discrepancies reveal the complex relationship between American Christians and Holy Writ, a subject that is widely acknowledged but rarely investigated. The Bible in American Life is a sustained, collaborative reflection on the ways Americans use the Bible in their personal lives. It also considers how other influences, including religious communities and the internet, shape individuals' comprehension of scripture. Employing both quantitative methods (the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study) and qualitative research (historical studies for context), The Bible in American Life provides an unprecedented perspective on the Bible's role outside of worship, in the lived religion of a broad cross-section of Americans both now and in the past. The Bible has been central to Christian practice, and has functioned as a cultural touchstone, throughout American history, but too little is known about how people engage it every day. How do people read the Bible for themselves outside of worship? How have denominational and parachurch publications influenced the interpretation and application of scripture? How have clergy and congregations influenced individual understandings of scripture? These questions are especially pressing in a time when denominations are losing much of their traditional cultural authority, technology is changing reading and cognitive habits, and subjective experience is continuing to eclipse textual authority as the mark of true religion. From the broadest scale imaginable, national survey data about all Americans, down to the smallest details, such as the portrayal of Noah and his ark in children's Bibles, this book offers insight and illumination from scholars across the intellectual spectrum. It will be useful and informative for scholars seeking to understand changes in American Christianity as well as clergy seeking more effective ways to preach and teach about scripture in a changing environment.
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The Bible in the American Experience

The Bible in the American Experience

Perhaps so, but as the political use of the Bible is such a large part of our political tradition, public appeals to its contents are likely to continue.120 Conclusion Questions about the relationship between the Bible and American law ...

Author: Claudia Setzer

Publisher: SBL Press

ISBN: 9780884144380

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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An interdisciplinary investigation of the Bible's place in American experience Much has changed since the Society of Biblical Literature's Bible in American Culture series was published in the 1980s, but the influence of the Bible has not waned. In the United States, the stories, themes, and characters of the Bible continue to shape art, literature, music, politics, education, and social movements to varying degrees. In this volume, contributors highlight new approaches that move beyond simple citation of texts and explore how biblical themes infuse US culture and how this process in turn transforms biblical traditions. Features An examination of changes in the production, transmission, and consumption of the Bible An exploration of how Bible producers disseminate US experiences to a global audience An assessment of the factors that produce widespread myths about and nostalgia for a more biblically grounded nation
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Originalism in American Law and Politics

Originalism in American Law and Politics

Yet this was precisely where the line between law and politics was most unclear . ... It would have permitted voluntary prayer and Bible reading in public institutions , including schools , and allowed invocation of God in public ...

Author: Johnathan O'Neill

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801881110

Category: History

Page: 281

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This book explains how the debate over originalism emerged from the interaction of constitutional theory, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and American political development. Refuting the contention that originalism is a recent concoction of political conservatives like Robert Bork, Johnathan O'Neill asserts that recent appeals to the origin of the Constitution in Supreme Court decisions and commentary, especially by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, continue an established pattern in American history. Originalism in American Law and Politics is distinguished by its historical approach to the topic. Drawing on constitutional commentary and treatises, Supreme Court and lower federal court opinions, congressional hearings, and scholarly monographs, O'Neill's work will be valuable to historians, academic lawyers, and political scientists.
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Church and State in the Modern World

Church and State in the Modern World

Johns , Warren L. Dateline Sunday , USA . ... Provides a critical analysis of more than three centuries of battle over Sunday laws in the United States . 1601 . ... The Bible in American Law , Politics , and Political Rhetoric .

Author: James Edward Wood

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313256047

Category: Religion

Page: 649

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This comprehensive bibliography includes entries related to the subject of church and state.
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The Bible in American Law Politics and Political Rhetoric

The Bible in American Law  Politics  and Political Rhetoric

SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE CENTENNIAL PUBLICATIONS Editorial Board Paul J. Achtemeier , Union Theological Seminary ... in Publication Data Main entry under title : The Bible in American law , politics , and political rhetoric .

Author: James Turner Johnson

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105039932913

Category: Bible

Page: 204

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The Ten Commandments Their Influence on American Law

The Ten Commandments   Their Influence on American Law

An in-depth study of how each of the Ten Commandments had a historical impact on the development of laws in America and affected the legal philosophy of our government framers.

Author: William J. Federer

Publisher: Amerisearch, Inc.

ISBN: 0965355721

Category: Law

Page: 288

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An in-depth study of how each of the Ten Commandments had a historical impact on the development of laws in America and affected the legal philosophy of our government framers. For example, the 4th Commandment-"Keep Holy the Sabbath" PENNSYLVANIA FRAME OF GOVERNMENT, April 25, 1682, Article XXII: "That as often as any day of the month...shall fall upon the first day of the week, commonly called the Lord's Day, the business appointed for that day shall be deferred till the next day, unless in the case of emergency." U.S. CONSTITUTION, 1787, Article I, Section 7, Paragraph 2 "If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law" Read how the Ten Commandments affected the views of America's leaders: "The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion" - John Adams, Nov. 4, 1816, letter to Thomas Jefferson. "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days." - Harry S Truman, Feb. 15, 1950, Attorney General's Conference. See references to the Ten Commandments in court cases: "The Ten Commandments have had an immeasurable effect on Anglo-American legal development" - U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson, W.D. Va. (1983) "It is equally undeniable ...that the Ten Commandments have had a significant impact on the development of secular legal codes of the Western World." - U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham, (1980) (Rehnquist, J., dissenting) An ideal book for students, teachers, journalists, writers and those interested in researching the foundations of American law!
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Of Pharisees and Lawyers or And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail Luke 16 17

Of Pharisees and Lawyers or And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass  than one tittle of the law to fail   Luke 16 17

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, Free University of Berlin (John-F.-Kennedy-Institut), course: American Religion, Politics and Law, language: English, abstract: ...

Author: Paul Vierkant

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638544528

Category: Literary Collections

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, Free University of Berlin (John-F.-Kennedy-Institut), course: American Religion, Politics and Law, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The following essay will deal with religion, law and politics in the USA. Because it is a broad topic, I will concentrate on the discourse about accommodation, or separation of state and church in America, with a focus on Stephen L. Carter – a distinguished law professor at Yale University. My thesis is that although Carter claims to be a separatist, his contradictory and biased arguments in most of his books indicate his accommodationist position. His methods are the dichotomization of church and state; his claim that society victimizes religion (his strange comparison of the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-Abortion movement); his assertion that religious people are oppressed by the majority (which according to him is religious), the Supreme Court, and American politics. Carter further maintains that religion is trivialized and privatized. His biased view on law is visible in the cases he discusses (predominantly separatist cases). His suggestive and popular style, as well as his constant references to God’s will and his opinion that the Bible justifies almost everything, makes his argumentation nearly untouchable. Finally, I will show that Carter clearly holds God above the state and thus, his claim as a separatist cannot be maintained.
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A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments 7th Edition

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments  7th Edition

JOHN R. VILE is professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State ... His works include The Bible in American Law and Politics: A Reference Guide; America's National Anthem: “The Star- ...

Author: John R. Vile

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440877957

Category: History

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A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments is designed to show students just how revolutionary the Constitution was—and how relevant it remains today. This seventh revised edition of the Companion begins by revisiting the key events leading to the Constitution's ratification, including the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, then explores the document article by article, amendment by amendment, to help readers better understand how each section of the document shapes the world we live in today. In addition, the Companion illuminates how new laws, political debates, and Supreme Court decisions are continually reshaping our understanding of the Constitution and its role in American life and society—including such essential and foundational elements of democracy as voting; elections; the peaceful transfer of power; equality before the law; civil rights and liberties; and the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of the nation's three branches of government.
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Prairie Republic

Prairie Republic

Common school advocates promoted use of the Protestant Bible. Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic, 3, 5. 180. Richard Baer, “Perspectives on Religion and Education in American Law and Politics: The Supreme Court's Discriminatory Use of the ...

Author: Jon K. Lauck

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806185880

Category: History

Page: 256

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American democratic ideals, civic republicanism, public morality, and Christianity were the dominant forces at work during South Dakota’s formative decade. What? In our cynical age, such a claim seems either remarkably naïve or hopelessly outdated. Territorial politics in the late-nineteenth-century West is typically viewed as a closed-door game of unprincipled opportunism or is caricatured, as in the classic film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as a drunken exercise in bombast and rascality. Now Jon K. Lauck examines anew the values we like to think were at work during the founding of our western states. Taking Dakota Territory as a laboratory for examining a formative stage of western politics, Lauck finds that settlers from New England and the Midwest brought democratic practices and republican values to the northern plains and invoked them as guiding principles in the drive for South Dakota statehood. Prairie Republic corrects an overemphasis on class conflict and economic determinism, factors posited decades ago by such historians as Howard R. Lamar. Instead, Lauck finds South Dakota’s political founders to be agents of Protestant Christianity and of civic republicanism—an age-old ideology that entrusted the polity to independent, landowning citizens who placed the common interest above private interest. Focusing on the political culture widely shared among settlers attracted to the Great Dakota Boom of the 1880s, Lauck shows how they embraced civic virtue, broad political participation, and agrarian ideals. Family was central in their lives, as were common-school education, work, and Christian community. In rescuing the story of Dakota’s settlers from historical obscurity, Prairie Republic dissents from the recent darker portrayal of western history and expands our view and understanding of the American democratic tradition.
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Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties

Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties

23:17 ) have influenced American law over the years , as Patrick O'Neil demonstrates . Words such as " abominable " and ... In The Bible in American Law , Politics , and Political Rhetoric , edited by James Turner Johnson , 81–105 .

Author: Paul Finkelman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351269636

Category: Political Science

Page: 2570

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Originally published in 2006, the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, is a comprehensive 3 volume set covering a broad range of topics in the subject of American Civil Liberties. The book covers the topic from numerous different areas including freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. The Encyclopedia also addresses areas such as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, slavery, censorship, crime and war. The book’s multidisciplinary approach will make it an ideal library reference resource for lawyers, scholars and students.
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Separate but Faithful

Separate but Faithful

In light of this Biblical legacy, America's earliest efforts to educate its people for leadership in law and politics focused upon the laws of God. Not only did law students study Blackstone's Commentaries, itself based upon an analysis ...

Author: Amanda Hollis-Brusky

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190637279

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Fueled by grassroots activism and a growing collection of formal political organizations, the Christian Right became an enormously influential force in American law and politics in the 1980s and 90s. While this vocal and visible political movement has long voiced grave concerns about the Supreme Court and cases such as Roe v. Wade, they weren't able to effectively enter the courtroom in a serious and sustained way until recently. During the pivot from the 20th to the 21st century, a small constellation of high-profile Christian Right leaders began to address this imbalance by investing in an array of institutions aimed at radically transforming American law and legal culture. In Separate But Faithful, Amanda Hollis-Brusky and Joshua C. Wilson provide an in-depth examination of these efforts, including their causes, contours and consequences. Drawing on an impressive amount of original data from a variety of sources, they look at the conditions that gave rise to a set of distinctly "Christian Worldview" law schools and legal institutions. Further, Hollis-Brusky and Wilson analyze their institutional missions and cultural makeup and evaluate their transformative impacts on law and legal culture to date. In doing so, they find that this movement, while struggling to influence the legal and political mainstream, has succeeded in establishing a Christian conservative beacon of resistance; a separate but faithful space from which to incrementally challenge the dominant legal culture. Both a compelling narrative of the rise of Christian Right lawyers and a trenchant analysis of how institutional networks fuel the growth of social movements, Separate But Faithful challenges the dominant perspectives of the politics of law in contemporary America.
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The Bible and the American Myth

The Bible and the American Myth

A Symposium on the Bible and Constructions of Meaning Vincent L. Wimbush. “Contemporary American politics faces few greater dilemmas than deciding how to deal with the resurgence of religious belief.” Yet, many religious commentators ...

Author: Vincent L. Wimbush

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610979627

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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The Bible and the American Myth challenges the academic study of the Bible to orient itself to cultural criticism. The essays model an approach to the study of the Bible that entails efforts to fathom not only the meanings of texts, but the role of texts in the construction of meaning. It is all the more fascinating and poignant that the essayists are students of theology of varied backgrounds. What they have in common is the pursuit of theological studies at the mouth of Harlem. This location at the turn of the century inspired them to think differently about the focus and agenda of theological studies, especially biblical studies. Each essayist is convinced that the study of the Bible should entail the study of cultural construction and deconstruction, the study of the making and unmaking of cultural myths that shape existence.
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Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law

Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law

55 See generally, Edward McGlynn Gaffney, Jr., "The Interaction of Biblical Religion with American Constitutional Law,” in James TurnerJohnson, ed., The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Political Rhetoric (Fortress Press/ Scholars ...

Author: Richard H. Hiers

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567269096

Category: Religion

Page: 243

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Annotation. Richard Hiers provides a new consideration biblical law with an emphasis upon the underlying justice and compassion implicit within. Special consideration is given to matters of civil law, the death penalty, and due process.
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The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture

Washington, DC: Library of America. Johnson, James Turner (ed.) (1985). The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Political Rhetoric. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press. 'Kansas Restores Evolution Standards for Science Classes', ...

Author: John F. A. Sawyer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118241134

Category: Religion

Page: 564

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The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture providesreaders with a concise, readable and scholarly introduction totwenty-first century approaches to the Bible. Consists of 30 articles written by distinguished specialistsfrom around the world Draws on interdisciplinary and international examples toexplore how the Bible has impacted on all the major social contextswhere it has been influential – ancient, medieval and modern,world-wide Gives examples of how the Bible has influenced literature, art,music, history, religious studies, politics, ecology andsociology Each article is accompanied by a comprehensivebibliography Offers guidance on how to read the Bible and its manyinterpretations
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The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic

The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic

Louisiana State University Press, 1990), 130; Mark A. Noll, “The Bible in Revolutionary America,” in The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Political Rhetoric (ed. James Turner Johnson; Philadelphia: Fortress Press/Chico, Calif.

Author: Stephen M. Krason

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351296946

Category: Religion

Page: 554

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In this stimulating volume, Stephen M. Krason considers whether the Founding Fathers' vision of the American democratic republic has been transformed and if so, in what ways. He looks to the basic principles of the Founding Fathers, then discusses the changes that resulted from evolving contemporary expectations about government. Referencing philosophical principles and the work of great Western thinkers, Krason then explores a variety of proposals that could forge a foundation for restoration. Acknowledging that any attempt to revive the Founders' views on a democratic republic must start in the public sphere, Krason focuses on concerned citizens who are aware of the extent to which our current political structures deviate from the Founders' vision and want to take action. Ultimately, a democratic republic can exist, be sustained, and flourish only when there is a deep commitment to it in the minds and norms of its people. Written by a foremost authority in the field of US Constitutional law, this book will appeal to those interested in American history, society, and politics.
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The Bible the School and the Constitution

The Bible  the School  and the Constitution

Richard John Neuhaus, The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 1984); Stephen L. Carter, The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious ...

Author: Steven K. Green

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199827916

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Steven K. Green tells the story of the nineteenth-century School Question, the nationwide debate over the place and funding of religious education, and how it became a crucial precedent for American thought about the separation of church and state.
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The American Law Journal

The American Law Journal

[ The Higher Law . ] cord with their superior wisdom . Out of these violent discussions , political and religious , has apparently grown this great good , viz : that the Constitution in the political world , and the Bible in the religious ...

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Making the Bible Modern

Making the Bible Modern

Children's Bibles and Jewish Education in Twentieth-Century America Penny Schine Gold. Hillel's Happy Holidays) and his sister, ... See The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Political Rhetoric, ed. James Turner Johnson (Philadelphia: ...

Author: Penny Schine Gold

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501724985

Category: History

Page: 288

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The Bible has played a critical role in the story of Judaism, modernity, and identity. Penny Schine Gold examines the arena of children's education and the role of the Bible in the reshaping of Jewish identity, especially in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, when a second generation of Eastern European Jews engaged the task of Americanizing Jewish culture, religion, and institutions. Professional Jewish educators based in the Reform movement undertook a multifaceted agenda for the Bible in America: to modernize it, harmonize it with American values, and move it to the center of the religious school curriculum. Through public schooling, the children of Jewish immigrants brought America home; it was up to the adults to fashion a Judaism that their children could take back out into America. Because of its historic role in the development of Judaism and its cultural significance in American life, Gold finds, the Bible provided Jews with vital links to both the past and the present. The ancient sacred text of the Bible, transformed into highly abridged and amended "Bible tales," was brought into service as a bridge between tradition and modernity. Gold analyzes these American developments with reference to the intellectual history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, innovations in public schooling and social theory, Protestant religious education, and later versions of children's Bibles in the United States and Israel. She shows that these seemingly simple children's books are complex markers of the pressing concerns of Jews in the modern world.
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