Navigating the Old Testament

Our session this past Tuesday went very well. The focus of the class was to review the stories that we learned from the Old Testament this year and to locate them in the Bible.

We began by inviting each student to recall the name of someone we learned about in the Old Testament this year. Every student recalled someone and we had a good list of names on the board: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Ezekiel, etc.

Next, we distributed the following worksheet:

Bible Bookmark Review worksheet

Bible Bookmark Review worksheet answer key

We worked together as a large group, locating each story as Joanne and I walked around to literally make sure that we were all on the same page. It helped that they were looking in only one section at a time using the Bible Bookmarks from my book, The Bible Blueprint. They were able to locate the passages fairly quickly.

Bible Bookmarks

After we completed the worksheet together, we collected them and then I called out the name of a story one at a time to see who could located it first in the Bible…the race was on and I awarded $1 to the winner of each “round.” They had a lot of fun doing this and were getting pretty good at locating important stories in the Bible with only one clue: which section it could be found in (Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, Prophets).

It was comforting to see that they had acquired the skill of locating some of the most important Old Testament stories in the Bible.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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