Israeli education returns to the Bible

Sunday, October 03, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

Israel’s Ministry of Education recently discovered that a shocking percentage of students were graduating high school with little or no knowledge of the Bible, despite the fact that it is an official school subject in Israel.

For years, teachers have been able to pretty much pick and choose what they taught about the Bible, and to use various study aids enabling students to go through the entirety of their school years without ever actually opening a Bible.

That is about to change.

“Many students today complete their matriculation exams without knowing the book of Genesis, Abraham and the Hebrew Prophets,” lamented Drora Levy, national Bible supervisor in the ministry, in remarks to Israel’s Ynet news portal. “The book of Genesis is the Bible’s genetic code, our foundation as a people. Without it we have no roots, no promise.”

According to new ministry guidelines, all schools in Israel will be required to teach the Bible in chronological order, and without study aids, meaning the students will actually have to read from the Bible in order to learn the material.

“The students will learn the Bible in the appropriate manner,” insisted Levy.

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