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Bible as literature

Ryan Cox teaches a course titled “Bible as/in Literature” at Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)
Lizeth Tarelo goes over a lesson in Cox’s class. The students, a mix of religions and backgrounds, say the class has been more difficult and more meaningful than they expected. (Karen Tapia-Andersen)
Front to back, Blair Konier, Stacy Rho, Justin Ker and Kevin Christopher work on a lesson in Cox’s class. The students’ text is “The Layman’s Parallel Bible,” which offers four biblical translations side by side. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)
Cox works with student Andrew Chiang. He tells the class at the start that some people believe the Bible is the literal word of God and that others think it is a collection of stories, but that that is irrelevant to the class’ purpose. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)