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Learning to Study the Bible Student Journal
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The Learning to Study the Bible Student Journal explains the basics of biblical criticism in a fun, age-appropriate way, and allows tweens to practice their Bible study skills through individual activities and reflection. They'll explore the wonders of biblical geography and archaeology. They'll compare and contrast biblical genres. They'll learn the history of biblical interpretation, and discover that they are Bible interpreters too! The journal can be used in a group or family setting, or individually.

Session Outline and Learning Goals:

  1. Who? Author and Audience
  2. Spark curiosity about the authors and original audiences of the Bible
  3. Introduce and use Bible dictionaries and commentaries
  4. Sharpen deductive reasoning skills in biblical interpretation
  5. What? Genre
  6. Introduce and explore biblical genres
  7. Learn to use Bible commentaries and apps to identify possible genres of texts
  8. Explore the significance of genre for biblical interpretation
  9. When? Context
  10. Investigate the connection between context and meaning
  11. Spark curiosity about biblical and modern cultural contexts
  12. Use Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and handbooks to research biblical context
  13. Where? Geography
  14. Spark curiosity about the biblical landscape
  15. Prompt reflection on the relationship between land and daily life
  16. Use biblical maps and archaeological research to explore biblical geography
  17. Why? Interpretation
  18. Create awareness of interpretive lenses and layers
  19. Spark curiosity about our own and others' interpretive lenses
  20. Use a concordance and various translations to compare meanings
  21. How? Read Closely
  22. Cultivate appreciation for the way our ancestors preserved the biblical text
  23. Practice reading carefully and paying attention
  24. Discover the four meanings of Scripture and practice interpreting them
  25. How? Reread
  26. Create awareness of our own role in making meaning
  27. Prompt reflection on the nature of Scripture as the "living word of God"
  28. Practice the ancient tradition of divine reading
  29. How? Read Together
  30. Create awareness of the diversity of voices within the canon
  31. Inspire students to enter into the centuries-long biblical conversation
  32. Practice reading the Bible inter-canonically
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