This week I have a fabulous Hardback Youth Bible (New Century Version). This bible comes with a couple of great features and would make a fabulous gift for your middle school/teen bible reader.
In this bible each book begins with an introduction, including a timeline, a map and an overview of the book. Throughout the bible there are blocks of “Life Files” covering topics that are relevant young folk like: decision making, friends, peer pressure and heaps more. There is a quick look up for famous events or passages… Where do you find the story of David and Goliath or where in the Bible can you find the Lord’s Prayer? And then throughout the text there are small blocks of notes in the text, called sidelights, which provide notes relevant to the passage you are reading. The bible finishes up with a dictionary and a topical concordance.
I thought it would be fun to share some bible race fun we have with our kids to get them up to speed at rushing around their Bibles and finding a bible reference: book, chapter and verse. Finding a reading in the Bible is quite a skill, and you only really notice that your kids don’t have it when there is a monumental fluttering of pages on the pew next to you in Church on a Sunday morning.
I asked my kids for Se7en + 1 Tips to Finding Their Way Around the Bible:
- Firstly, while it is useful to know the books of the Bible off by heart, it is not essential to finding a reference quickly.
- It is useful to know that there is an Old and a New testament.
- To know that the Bible is split into genres is also great: History, Poetry, Letters and so on.
- To know that the history and the law books are near the front and in the Old Testament.
- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and a heap of letters are in the New Testament.
- If you open your bible to the middle then you will be in the book of Psalms, which are very close to the book of Proverbs.
- Whatever your reading is it is either between the first book: Genesis and the Psalms or after the Psalms and before the last book Revelation.
- There is no harm in looking for the relevant book in the contents page.
and the Se7en + 1th Tip…
Once your kids have these few look-up skills under their belt then you can play Bible races. Arm yourself with a couple of Bible verses and each “athlete” needs a Bible. Read or announce the first bible reading and they race to find it. Once they have the book it is a skip and a jump to find the chapter and verse. Winner gets to read it out and on they go. This is definitely a case of a little competition to get your kids to work a little harder and strive a little more… My kids love playing this game, especially since it requires me to be there announcing who got to the verse first!!! I tell you a few rounds of this and my kids can flip around their Bibles like potential Olympians…
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