Bible class. Year 1: Old Testament.

Purpose: To know and love God through studying the Scriptures. To get an overview and flow of the salvation history as a continued story of God’s friendship with people. Connecting and contrasting Bible history to the world events, main philosophical and religious ideas.

Materials:

The Bible (NAB or RSV) – we will read the whole Old Testament throughout the school year. Every student needs to own a Bible for this class, no sharing with siblings. Reading order: Gen, Ex, Lev, Num, Deut, Job, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Sam, 1 Kings 1-11, 1 Chron, 2 Chron 1-9, Psalms, Prov, Eccl, Wisdom, rest of 1 Kings and 2 Kings, rest of 2 Chron, Tobit, Is, Jer, Hos, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zeph, Judith, Lam, Ez, Dan, Ezra, Neh, Esther, Haggai, Zech, Mal, Sir, 1 & 2 Macc ( The idea for books in red is not clear yet; in Prophets we might read only parts which have clear references to the biblical events).

Understanding the Scriptures by dr Scott Hahn, textbook and workbook – obviously, we will use the OT part, first 15 chapters (pages 1-286)

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Bible Basics for Catholics by dr John Bergsma – and I will try to bribe him with pierogi or kapuśniak to come at least once or twice 🙂

 

A Catechism of the Bible (online text)– this will be used as an apologetical twist on Bible’s canon, Bible’s interpretation and memory work

Bible Timeline Chart by Jeff Cavins (preview here)

Project

Tabernacle Model – one per family

Short studies on corresponding art and music. Only the greatest examples.

Possibly: Liturgy of the Hours in connection with the Book of Psalms, Canticles and Songs – ongoing and continuing study connected with Lectio Divina. I don’t now yet what kind of study we will have for the Books of Wisdom and the Prophets. Bible movies nights. Watching documentaries and apologetical debates.

Once a week 1,5h on Mondays at 3pm – 4:30 pm.

Assignments: weekly readings from the Bible, Catechism and textbooks; workbook assignments; memory work; Study Questions (facts) and Practical Exercises (thinking questions that may be presented in front of the class as written papers, presentations or orally)

Cost: donations, but not forced or required; can be sporadic or after the class is done with, based on the success of your student and his/her satisfaction.

Age: 7th grade and up (13yo and up)

Contact me: majorchange@gmail.com

P.S. I will do it, even if no one else will do it with us.

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