Startling in its interpretation, beauty, and significance is The Bible as Literature: In the Beginning Was the Word (Center for the Humanities, 2 Holland Ave., White Plains, NY 10603). This producer makes major quality audiovisual materials for public schools. Suitable for high school and beyond, this slide presentation is a collage of the finest literary, visual, and aural arts, ancient and modern, that draw their inspiration from the Bible. The essential, universal message of the Bible in its own words is combined with man’s responses—Jew, Christian, believer, reluctant doubter, and wavering skeptic. The aids are first-rate, and evangelicals will be pleased to note the influence of C. S. Lewis in the follow-up activities. Curiously the bibliography refers only to the Old Testament, though the range of the program integrates both testaments. A finer production is unlikely to be found, and if this is widely used in public schools a major step toward appreciation of the Bible in our culture and a major step toward the erosion of ignorance will be taken.
Frontiers of Life is the fifteen-minute slide/tape introduction to the mushrooming Neighborhood Bible Studies movement (Box 222, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522). An effective audiovisual introduction, it stresses the inductive approach to Bible study: observe, interpret, and apply. This is probably the most useful lay evangelistic approach to Bible study. The attitude here is reverent and irenic, and the handsome photos illustrate well the inductive method. If the follow-up is equal to the introduction of this program, I would enthusiastically recommend it.
An evocative approach is offered in Winston House’s Joy in Creation (430 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403). Although ...1
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