I'm glad that I put in the effort. Yes, I did nicely on the my term paper—but—even today—knowing the key stories of the Old and New Testaments helps me make sense of art, politics, world affairs, and people.
Frankly, I would have been grateful to have been assigned Timothy Beal's Biblical Literacy: The Essential Stories Everyone Needs to Know. Professor Beal's book covers the Old and New Testaments—and he showcases the Bible stories that have most shaped history and our world. He provides the key information students need to understand these profound stories—and he delves into important historical and cultural background information so that students can fully understand the impact of these stories on the world we live in now.