Saturday, February 7, 2009

Scavenger Hunt

General Overview of the method:
Scavenger Hunts are a good way to get your students involved with the Bible and the different Bible helps that are available. I didn’t know about many of the resources that existed until we did the Scavenger Hunt in class. In this approach it isn’t much about the verses as it is about getting involved with what is in the Bible. You explore the maps and you look in the Bible dictionaries to find terms. You have your students’ use the Bible commentaries and you have them use the Who’s Who in the Bible to learn more about the different characters. This is a very good way to have your students learning about the Bible and how to use the Bible. They will get acquainted with all of the different Bible helps. It’s a really cool way to get involved with the Bible.

Age Level:
This is good for youth and adults. Children would not be able to do this. You have to be able to read and understand how to find things in the different books. This is good for the older students because they can use the sources on their own by then and it’s important that they know and have exposure to these things.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o Bible
o Bible Commentaries
o Atlases
o Bible Dictionaries
o Theology Dictionaries
o Who’s Who in the Bible
o Handouts with questions that the group need to find answers to
o Pens/pencils

Step by step instructions for the model:
Have the students break into groups and go through the different sources to find the answers. At the end of class give them the answers.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses): It’s a really good way of getting involved with the Bible and all of the helps. It isn’t an actual Bible passage study but it is a Bible study. It helps students get more comfortable with the Bible and the layout of the Bible.

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