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Using the Bible

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

Interesting, 'user-friendly' lessons which give students new understanding of why the Bible is viewed as a challenging book. A wide variety of activities and a practical, 'hands-on' approach use the Bible in a thought-provoking and constructive way.

Topics include: Understanding different types of literature in the Bible; Finding out about both the Christian and Jewish use of the Bible; Ways in which biblical teaching relates to moral questions; Finding your way around the Bible.

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Size: 63 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 257 0
Author(s): Janet Hayes
Code: USBI
Popularity rank: 342

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Contents List



  • 7 WHAT'S IN IT? (K) Making a 3D diagram of the Bible to discover the range of styles and how the books are grouped.
  • 9 ONE FOR THE FUTURE (K, U, E) Looking at the Biblical role of prophets, and writing in role as a present-day prophet.
  • 11 GOD GRANT A VICTORY (U, E) Focusing on historical accounts by writing a newspaper account of the battle of Jericho.
  • 13 THIS IS YOUR LIFE (K, U) Exploring the biographical nature of the gospels by producing a 'This Is Your Life' programme on Jesus.
  • 15 THE LAW'S THE LAW (K, U, E) Understanding the role of letter writing in the New Testament and relating the teachings of Paul to the present day.
  • 17 THE TENAKH (K) Completing a wordsearch to discover how Jews group the books of the Old Testament.
  • 19 SONGS FROM THE KETUVIM (K, E) Looking at different types of psalms before writing a new 'psalm'.
  • 21 MEETING HABAKKUK (K, U, E) Thinking about the messages of prophets by writing in role as a person who met the prophet Habakkuk.
  • 23 LAW OR GUIDANCE? (K, U) Gaining an understanding of the meaning of liberal, fundamental and conservative Christianity, and how these views affect Biblical interpretation.
  • 25 GOD'S EARTH (K, U) Creating a poster based on Biblical references to the environment.


  • 27 CHURCH SERVICE (K, U, E) Discovering the elements which make up a church service, and planning a service.
  • 29 LET'S TALK (K, U) Gaining an understanding of the role of sermons, and writing one based on a Biblical text.
  • 31 THE LAST SUPPER (U, E) Considering the significance of the Last Supper by writing in role as one of the disciples.
  • 33 SPECIAL DAYS (K, U) Creating a chart which shows how Christian holy days are all based on events from the Bible.
  • 35 IT'S INSPIRATIONAL (K, U) Considering how Biblical passages can be used as a source of strength, comfort and inspiration, and designing cards carrying these messages.
  • 37 IN THE SYNAGOGUE (K, U) Learning about the importance of the Torah by matching pictures with explanations of traditions relating to the Torah.
  • 39 SHAVUOT (K, E) Learning about the festival of Shavuot and designing a children's book telling the story of Ruth.
  • 41 HOLY DAY (K, U) Compiling a chart to show how Jews spend their Sabbath using relevant Biblical texts which instruct Jews how to behave.
  • 43 COMFORT ME (K, U, E) Exploring the way in which individuals may seek comfort and help from the Bible when experiencing strong emotions and personal difficulties.
  • 45 REASON AND RESPECT (U, E) Looking at the difference between Chukim and Mishpatim laws, and discussing why laws are kept.


  • 47 AS GOOD AS EVER (U, E) Considering how Biblical laws can be applied to society today.
  • 49 A WARNING FOR THE WORLD (U, E) Looking at the prophecies in Revelations and designing a poster to show their relevance to the world and the environment today.
  • 51 DAILY BREAD? (K, U) Suggesting ways of dealing with everyday problems by seeking advice from the Bible.
  • 53 ON YOUR CONSCIENCE (U, E) Using the Bible to decide how a Christian might react to the problems of homelessness, drug abuse, sickness and natural disasters.
  • 55 THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS (U, E) Creating a poster of words and images to show how someone today could feed, comfort, and shelter the least fortunate people in society.
  • 57 MERCY OR MURDER? (K, U) Writing a letter giving a Christian viewpoint on euthanasia based on Biblical texts.
  • 59 TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL? (K, U) Discussing the Old Testament attitude to capital punishment, and the effect of the Jewish conditions as set out in the Talmud.
  • 61 THE SHARP TONGUE (U, E) Designing a leaflet for young people containing advice on thinking about the things they say based on Biblical teaching.



Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

Highly recommended.
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Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

... may help to reduce student negativism as it provides a diverse range of activities to give students the opportunity to explore the Bible.
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Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

There is a very good lesson about special days showing how the Church calendar is based on events from the Bible.
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Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

.. the range of activities is varied and stimulating.
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Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

Each lesson is supplied with a range of Biblical texts that hopefully will lead the students back to the Bible and help them to see the relevance of this most bought but not necesarily read book!
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Graham Pickaver at Association of Christian Teachers

...this title does give some interesting student tasks to make the subject more relevant to their own experience and world.
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