Bible Literature Class Intrigues Teen Readers

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Byline: Sammi King

It isn't every day that you see a young man dressed in a robe strolling down the halls of Batavia High School.

"I'm portraying Moses," said Josh Boyd. "He's one of my favorite characters in the Bible. I like the stories about him."

Josh Boyd was one of many BHS students who dressed up for the Bible Lit class' character day.

Members of the class were asked to pick a character from the Bible and prepare information about him or her. Then they had to give a presentation in class.

This wasn't too difficult for Boyd because he has a working knowledge of the Bible. He has studied it in the past. Yet, he was anxious to enroll in the Bible Lit class at the high school.

"I thought it would be good to look at the Bible from a different point of view, not what you would get at your church, "Boyd said.

The Bible Lit class taught by Elizabeth Murphy and Sandy Flannigan explores the Bible as literature, not as a religious book. There is no religion or discussions of faith in the class.

"I enjoy the class a lot," said Sarah Burrichter, "And it's fun to dress up to do our presentations."

Beth Rybarski chose to dress up as Ruth. "She's the first woman of the Bible and a pretty easy costume to come up with," she said. "Since she picked sheathes of wheat, I only had to dress in a robe and carry some wheat and stale bread."

When I was in high school my honors English class studied the Bible. …