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Academic Endorsements

A number of religious scholars have reviewed Dr. Chancey's 2005 review of the NCBCPS textbook and support the conclusion that this curriculum is not appropriate for use in public schools. The current list of academic endorsements appears below.

After a careful review of this report, I affirm that it satisfies the following basic standards of research:

    • The report displays appropriate engagement with the academic literature in the field of biblical studies and offers a fair representation of current scholarship in this discipline.
    • References within the report to outside sources are sufficiently and appropriately noted.
    • The author’s analyses are thorough and the conclusions drawn appear to be sound and appropriate.

Based on the information presented in this report, I would support Dr. Chancey’s conclusion that the curriculum titled “The Bible in History and Literature” and marketed by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools is not appropriate for use in public school classrooms.

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Dr. James R. Adair Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies Baptist University of the Americas
Dr. A.K.M. Adam Professor of New Testament Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
Dr. David Brakke Professor of Religious Studies Indiana University
Dr. Jouette M. Bassler Professor of New Testament Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Dr. Alicia Batten Assistant Professor of Religion Pacific Lutheran University
Dr. Richard J. Bautch Assistant Professor of Religious Studies St. Edward’s University
Dr. Timothy K. Beal Harkness Professor of Religion Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Tom Beaudoin Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Santa Clara University
Dr. Mary Ann Beavis Associate Professor St. Thomas More College
Dr. William H. Bellinger Craig Professor of Bible Baylor University
Dr. Steven Bishop Lecturer in Old Testament Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
Dr. Thomas Bolin Associate Professor of Religious Studies St. Norbert College
Dr. David Bosworth Assistant Professor of Theology and Old Testament Barry University
Dr. Alejandro F. Botta Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Dr. Barbara Bowe Professor of Biblical Studies Catholic Theological Union
Dr. Donna Bowman Assistant Professor University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Mary Boys Professor of Practical Theology Union Theological Seminary
Dr. Theodore Brelsford Assistant Professor of Religion Emory University
Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan Professor of New Testament University of the South
Dr. Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch Associate Professor of Religion Greensboro College
Dr. Jason Byassee Assistant Editor Christian Century
Dr. Claudia Camp Professor of Religion Texas Christian University
Dr. Debra Campbell Professor of Religious Studies Colby College
Dr. Elizabeth A. Castelli Associate Professor of Religion Barnard College at Columbia University
Fr. Martinus Cawley Scholar in Residence Cistercian Order
Dr. Catherine M. Chin Assistant Professor of Church History Catholic University of America
Dr. Duane Christensen Professor (Retired) Graduate Theological Union
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles Assistant Professor of New Testament Southern Methodist University
Dr. Kelley Coblentz Bautch Assistant Professor of Religious Studies St. Edward’s University
Dr. Stephen Cook Associate Professor of Old Testament Virginia Theological Seminary
Dr. Pamela Couture Academic Dean Saint Paul School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Russell Dalton Associate Professor of Christian Education Brite Divinity School, TCU
Dr. Mary D'Angelo Associate Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame
Dr. Nancy deClaisse-Walford Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages McAfee School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Mary Therese DesCamp Co-Founder Center for Religion and Cognition
Dr. J.P. Dessel Professor of Jewish History University of Tennessee
Dr. Alexander Di Lella Professor Emeritus Catholic University of America
Rev. Dr. Susan Dolan-Henderson Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
Dr. Laura Donaldson Associate Professor of Humanities Cornell University
Dr. Paul Duff Professor of Religion George Washington University
Dr. Ruben Dupertuis Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion Centre College
Dr. Alice L. Eckardt Professor Emerita of Religious Studies Lehigh University
Dr. Douglas Edwards Distinguished Professor University of Puget Sound
Dr. David Efroymson Professor Emeritus La Salle University
Dr. Mark Elliott Instructor of History, Editor of Bible and Interpretation Laramie County Community College
Rev. Dr. James Findlay Adjunct Professor of Religion California Lutheran University
Dr. Steven Fine Professor of Judaic Studies University of Cincinnati
Dr. Eugene Fisher Member Catholic Biblical Association
Dr. Bruce N. Fisk Associate Professor of New Testament Westmont College
Dr. D. Zach Flanagin Assistant Professor of Religious Studies St. Mary's College, California
Dr. John Fotopoulos Assistant Professor St. Mary's College, Notre Dame
Dr. Robert M. Fowler Chair and Professor, Department of Religion Baldwin-Wallace College
Dr. Paula Fredriksen Aurelio Professor of Scripture Boston University
Dr. Georgia Frank Chair, Core: Western Tradition Colgate University
Dr. Brigid Frein Associate Professor of Theology University of Scranton
Dr. Chris Frilingos Assistant Professor Michigan State University
Dr. Serge Frolov Levine Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies Southern Methodist University
Dr. John Gager Professor of Religion Princeton University
Dr. Susanna Garfein Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Baltimore Hebrew University
Dr. Stephen Garfinkel Dean of Academic Affairs Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. William K. Gilders Assistant Professor of Religion Emory University
Dr. Paul Giurlanda Professor of Religious Studies St. Mary'sl College, California
Dr. Jennifer Glancy Professor of Religious Studies Le Moyne College
Dr. David Gowler Pierce Professor of Religion Oxford College of Emory University
Dr. Barbara Green Professor of Biblical Studies Dominican School, GTU
Dr. Deborah Green Assistant PRofessor of Religious Studies University of Oregon
Rev. Dr. Michael Guinan Professor of Old Testament Fransiscan School of Theology
Dr. Maxine L. Grossman Assistant Professor of Religious Studies University of Maryland
Dr. Leticia Guardiola Assistant Professor of New Testament Drew University
Dr. David M. Gunn Bradford Professor of Religion Texas Christian University
Dr. Walter Harrelson Adjunct University Professor Wake Forest University Divinity School
Dr. J. Albert Harrill Associate Professor of Religious Studies Indiana University
Dr. Richard B. Hays Professor of New Testament Duke Divinity School
Dr. Christopher Heard Assistant Professor of Religion Pepperdine University
Dr. Roy L. Heller Assistant Professor of Old Testament Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Dr. Susannah Heschel Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies Dartmouth College
Dr. Todd Hibbard Assistant Professor of Hebrew Lee University
Dr. Craig Hill Professor of New Testament Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Kenneth Hoglund Professor of Religion Wake Forest University
Dr. Herbert B. Huffmon Professor of Biblical Studies Drew University
Dr. Christopher R. Hutson Associate Professor of New Testament Hood Theological Seminary
Dr. Dalen Jackson Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
Dr. Andrew S. Jacobs Associate Professor of Religious Studies University of California, Riverside
Dr. David Jamieson-Drake Director of Institutional Research Duke University
Dr. Daryl Jefferies Assistant Professor of Religion Central Methodist University
Dr. David Jensen Associate Professor of Theology Austin Presbyterian Seminary
Dr. Joseph Jensen Associate Professor of Scripture Catholic University of America
Dr. Mark Jordan Candler Professor of Religion Emory University
Dr. Kyle Keefer Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Eckerd College
Dr. Nicole Kelley Assistant Professor of Religion Florida State University
Dr. Karen King Professor of Ecclesiastical History Harvard Divinity School
Dr. Judette M. Kolasny Adjunct Professor of New Testament Marquette University
Dr. K. Jeffrey Kuan Associate Professor of Old Testament Pacific School of Religion
Dr. Michael Kulikowski Associate Professor of History University of Tennessee
Dr. Hayim Lapin Professor of Jewish Studies and Ancient History University of Maryland
Dr. Jacqueline Lapsley Assistant Professor of Old Testament Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. John Laughlin Professor of Religion Averett University
Dr. James Lawrence Instructor of History of Christianity Pacific School of Religion
Dr. David Levenson Associate Professor of Religion Florida State University
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Carpenter Professor Vanderbilt University
Dr. Blake Leyerle Associate Professor of Theology Notre Dame University
Dr. Tod Linafelt Associate Professor in Theology Georgetown University
Dr. Robin W. Lovin Maguire University Professor of Ethics Southern Methodist University
Dr. David J. Lull Associate Professor of New Testament Wartburg Theological Seminary
Dr. Jodi Magness Professor in Early Judaism University of North Carolina
Dr. Elliott Maloney Professor of New Testament Studies Saint Vincent College
Rev. Dr. Linda Maloney Academic Editor Liturgical Press
Dr. Carleen Mandolfo Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Colby College
Dr. Dale Martin Professor of Religious Studies Yale University
Dr. Kevin McCruden Assistant Professor of Religion Gonzaga University
Dr. Mark McEntire Associate Professor of Religion Belmont University
Dr. Steve McKenzie Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Rhodes College
Dr. Peter Mehl Professor of Philosophy and Religion University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Roy F. Melugin Research Professor of Hebrew Bible Brite Divinity School, TCU
Dr. John Merkle Professor of Theology College of St. Benedict, St. John's University
Rev. Amy Merrill Willis Instructor of Religious Studies Gonzaga University
Dr. Carol Meyers Wilson Professor in Religion Duke University
Dr. Eric M. Meyers Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies Duke University
Rev. Dr. Charles Miller Professor of Theology St. Mary's University
Dr. Stuart S. Miller Professor of Hebrew, History, and Judaic Studies University of Connecticut at Storrs
Dr. Margaret Mitchell Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature University of Chicago
Dr. George Montague Professor of New Testament St. Mary's University
Dr. Regina Mooney Instructor in Ethics The Williston Northampton School
Dr. Milton Moreland Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rhodes College
Dr. Susan Myers Assistant Professor of New Testament University of St. Thomas
Dr. Laura Nasrallah Assistant Professor of New Testament Harvard Divinity School
Dr. Carol Newsom Candler Professor of Old Testament Emory University
Dr. Carolyn Osiek Professor of New Testament Brite Divinity School, TCU
Dr. Alicia Ostriker Professor of English Rutgers University
Dr. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM Professor of Social Ethics Catholic Theological Union
Dr. Michael Penn Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Mount Holyoke College
Dr. Todd Penner Cloud Associate Professor of Religion Austin College
Dr. John Petersen Professor of Religion Pacific Lutheran University
Dr. Peter C. Phan Professor of Catholic Social Thought Georgetown University
Dr. Tina Pippin Associate Professor of Religious Studies Agnes Scott College
Dr. Donald Polaski Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies College of William and Mary
Dr. Sandra Hack Polaski Associate Professor of New Testament Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
Dr. Adam L. Porter Assistant Professor of Religion Illinois College
Dr. Anathea Portier-Young Assistant Professor of Old Testament Duke Divinity School
Dr. Emerson Powery Chair, Department of Theology Lee University
Dr. Rebecca Raphael Assistant Professor of Religion Texas State University
Dr. Barbara Reid Professor of New Testament Studies Catholic Theological Union
Rev. Dr. Sharon H. Ringe Professor of New Testament Wesley Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Elaine Robinson Assistant Professor of Theology Brite Divinity School, TCU
Dr. Nicolae Roddy Assistant Professor of Old Testament Creighton University
Rev. Dr. Gilbert Romero Professor Emeritus Seminario San Carlos, Trujillo
Lucille Roussin Adjunct Professor of Law Cardozo Law School
Rev. Dr. Victoria Rue Adjunct Professor San Jose State University
Dr. E.P. Sanders Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion Emeritus Duke University
Dr. Seth Sanders Visiting Assistant Professor Cornell University
Dr. Timothy Sandoval Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Chicago Theological Seminary
Dr. Seth Schwartz Cohen Professor of Jewish History Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM Professor of New Testament and Christian Spirituality Jesuit School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Dr. Brian Schmisek Director, Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies University of Dallas
Dr. Susanne Scholz Associate Professor in Religion and Theology Merrimack College
Dr. Caroline Schroeder Fellow in the Humanities Stanford University
Dr. Carolyn J. Sharp Assistant Professor of Old Testament Yale Divinity School
Dr. Whitney Shiner Associate Professor of New Testament George Mason University
Dr. Stephen Shoemaker Assistant Professor of Religious Studies University of Oregon
Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore Associate Professor of New Testament Luther Seminary
Dr. Kenton Sparks Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Eastern University
Dr. S. David Sperling Professor of Bible Hebrew Union College
Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle Associate Professor of Practical Theology Brite Divinity School, TCU
Dr. James Starr Lecturer Johannelund Theological Seminary
Dr. Randall Styers Assistant Professor of Religious Studies University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Diana Swancutt Assistant Professor of New Testament Yale Divinity School
Dr. Daniel Speed Thompson Associate Professor of Theology St. Mary's University in San Antonio
Dr. Mark Toulouse Professor of American Religious History Brite Divinity School
Rev. Dr. John T. Townsend Lecturer Harvard Divinity School
Dr. Joseph B. Tyson Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Southern Methodist University
Dr. J. Ross Wagner
Associate Professor of New Testament Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. William O. Walker, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Religion Trinity University
Dr. Harold C. Washington Professor of Hebrew Bible Saint Paul School of Theology
Dr. Andrew Watts Assistant Professor Belmont University
Dr. James West Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies Quartz Hill School of Theology
Dr. David S. Williams Professor of Religion University of Georgia
Dr. James G. Williams Professor Emeritus of Religion Syracuse University
Dr. Sam Williams Professor of Religion Colorado College
Dr. Kevin Wilson Professor of Biblical Studies Lithuania Christian College
Dr. Jacob Wright Assistant Professor University of Heidelberg
Dr. Charles M. Wood Professor of Theology Southern Methodist University
Dr. Fabian Udoh Assistant Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame
Dr. Eugene Ulrich Professor of Hebrew Bible University of Notre Dame
Dr. Katharina von Kellenbach Associate Professor St. Mary's College of Maryland
Dr. Gale Yee Professor of Hebrew Bible Episcopal Divinity School
Dr. Angela Zito Associate Professor of Religious Studies New York University