Learning to Study the Bible Leader Guide

For Tweens

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Learning to Study the Bible Leader Guide
Paperback ISBN: 9781501856280
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Published March 2018

Learning to Study the Bible guides your tween students through eight weeks of Bible discovery. 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! Students will become familiar with Bible dictionaries, commentaries, concordances, maps, and more. Best of all, they’ll practice sharing their Bible knowledge with others each week.

Session Outline and Learning Goals:

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

About the Author

L. J. Zimmerman

L.J. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Before coming to the United Methodist Publishing House, L.J. served as a Christian educator and minister to children, youth and adults in various congregations. She is the writer and editor of Submerge. L.J. enjoys connecting with the children and youth in her local Quaker meeting. She also loves biking around Nashville, knitting sweaters, and hiking with her dog.