You would never hear a Social Studies teacher speak about George Washington or Benjamin Franklin as characters from the American Revolution. No teacher would ever say Abraham Lincoln or Fredrick Douglas were inspirational characters from the Civil War. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was certaintly not a character in the struggle for social justice in 1960’s.
So why then do teachers of the Bible, especially when teaching children, speak of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, even Jesus, as characters in the Old or New Testaments. Friends, they were not characters, they were real people.
Hansel and Gretel are characters. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley are characters. Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s horses and men are characters.
John the Baptist is not a character. Jonah the prophet is not a character. The Apostle Paul was quite a character in the metaphorical sense, but not in the literal sense. Each of these men walked, breathed, and acted in a real world. …
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