The Bible

A great many individuals who attend church regularly have never actually read the Bible.  Others decide to try to read the entire Bible in one year and schedules are available for those who wish to do so.  Children with busy schedules including school, sports, homework, and chores really don't have time to read and understand the entire Bible in one year.  The information below should be of benefit to those who want their children to understand and appreciate the history and poetry of this text.

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   Three companies you may wish to check out are: Christian Book Distributors, Crossings, and Veritas Press. Marlin Detweiler, Laurie Detweiler, G. Tyler, and Emily Fischer have created a 5 year curriculum to teach selected events and passages from the Bible to children.  This curriculum is used at the Christian Logos School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and the materials are published and made available to the public through Veritas Press.

   Each year the child receives 32 cards for a total over the 5 years of 160 cards.  The cards are numbered to enable students to keep them in order.  Each card has an approximate date for the event discussed that week, a picture representing the event, a reference to the proper Bible verses for the week, a summary of what is to be learned that week, and a list of additional references.  A Teachers' Manual is available for each year's study.  For those who might wish to  study only the Old Testament, it is possible to buy the 5 sets of cards separately and you would need only the first 3 sets.

   In the first year, students study Genesis through Joshua.  In the second year, they study Judges through Kings.  The third year completes the Old Testament with Chronicles through Malachi and Job.  The fourth year concentrates on the Gospels and the fifth year completes the New Testament with Acts through Revelation.

   I've listed below the references which they recommend using:

The Children's Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings - This is a particularly wonderful Bible for young children and it's beautiful.

The Child's Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos

The NKJV BIBLE with Giant Print

Journey through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers - This is a one volume encyclopedia to things, people, and places mentioned in the Bible.  It is an incredible book for any age.

Student Bible Atlas by Tim Dowley - It is important to put the information in the Bible into context by knowing where events took place.  Most of us know little about Middle Eastern geography.

Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History by Rob and Cyndy Shearer

Celebrating Biblical Feasts by Martha Zimmerman - Seven Old Testament Feasts (Sabbath, Passover, Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles) are described.  Recipes are provided.

Walking the Bible by Bruce Feller - He attempted to visit and record his impressions of places mentioned in the Bible.  For political and safety reasons, there were some limits on his journey.

Abingdon's Reproducible Old and New Testament Maps

Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick

Daniel in the Lions' Den by Michael McCarthy

Exodus by Brian Wildsmith - If you are not familiar with Wildsmith's work, his illustrations are beautiful. 

Joseph by Brian Wildsmith

Noah's Ark Noah's Flood:  Lots's of Water, Lots of Mud by John Morris

Adara by Beatrice Gormley - Historical fiction set during the time of Second Kings

Hadassah:  The Girl Who Became Queen Esther by Tommy Tenney

Victory on the Walls:  A Story of Nehemiah by Frieda Clark Hyman

A Sparrow Alone by  Alicia Peterson - This describes the life of a young Jewish girl who lived in Roman occupied Jerusalem.  She made her living by sewing garments for the wealthy Roman women, some appreciative, others not so much.  If you are paying attention, you may figure out how this one will end.  I highly recommend it.

The Story of the Bible by Tim Dowley

Survey of the Bible by William Hendriksen.

I should mention that the Detweilers have also created a 5 year plan to teach Western Civilization which is tied in quite nicely with the Bible curriculum.  It also provides the students with 32 numbered cards each year.  In the first year they study Egyptian History.  The second year is devoted to Greek and Roman History.  The third year covers the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the Renaissance.  The fourth year is American History through the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  The fifth year brings the students up to the present.