Bible references in Everyday LifeWritten by Scott Dreyer
Several years ago I had the pleasure and honor of teaching a class called "Bible as Literature" at the local public high school where I was on staff. It was a great experience for me, and I believe for my students as well.
"Bible in a public school?" you might wonder?
From the Bible Literacy Project I learned that a survey was conducted of English Department chairmen at top universities across the US. The question was: "If there is one book your incoming freshmen students should be very familiar with, in order to help them be successful in English classes at your university, what would that book be?" The overwhelming answer was: The Bible. Please note: I am not referring to English departments at Christian universities, but rather to secular state and private colleges. A major reason given about why it is important for students to know the Bible? Because the Bible is a rich source of many analogies, allegories, and imagery used in the English language, including modern-day English.
Furthermore, the email even adds a New Testament Bible reference: "go the extra mile." This saying, a quotation from Jesus recorded in Matthew 5:41, means to do extra, to go above and beyond what is expected. The email refers to it as a small business being able to provide outstanding, personalized service that a bigger company cannot do.
The English language is rich with biblical references. A few examples are: as old as the hills, white as snow, bite the dust, a house divided against itself cannot stand (many believe that is a Lincoln quotation, but actually Lincoln was just quoting Jesus in the Bible), Good Samaritan, the blind leading the blind, etc.
For a more thorough list, check this site.
This video tells a bit more about the King James Bible (1611) and many English phrases we get from it today.
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A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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