AN ACADEMICALLY ROBUST Program enriches the overall school curriculum
"While Bible History is a robust academic subject, the byproduct of these courses reaches beyond mere academic gains as students are exposed to the hope, values, and life lessons found in the Bible; many of which are universally relevant today." – Mrs. Cathy Scott, Bible in the Schools' President
FIVE BIBLE HISTORY ELECTIVE COURSES OFFERED TO GRADES 6-12
6th Grade – Genesis
Sixth grade Bible History students study the book of Genesis. After a short introduction to the course, including orientation to the Hebrew Bible, students study all the major accounts in the book focusing on big ideas and major themes. Students explore the biblical accounts of the creation of the universe, beginning of the human race, disobedience and consequences, sibling rivalry and murder and the origin of cultural differences. Students also study the call of Abraham and they trace the Abrahamic covenant throughout the book. Key lessons include a longitudinal study of how the covenant with Abraham is called into question, Abraham’s doubts and God’s ultimate fulfillment of his covenantal promises.
7th Grade – Exodus
Seventh grade Bible History students study the book of Exodus. Beginning with the birth and childhood experiences of Moses, students discover how God prepared this leader to bring his people of exile into the Promised Land. The life of Moses is explored in depth with emphasis on the exile to Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the entrance into the Promised Land. Students examine the complex character of Moses. They learn how this very human and reluctant leader became the mouthpiece of God to his people.
8th Grade – Life of Jesus (Book of Luke)
Eighth grade Bible History students study the life of Jesus mainly as recorded in the book of Luke. The course begins with a study of the time between the testaments and an analysis of how the political, religious, and geographic developments in the region set the stage for the birth of Jesus. Students read biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus in order to correct common misconceptions. Each student becomes an expert on one of the miracles of Jesus, gains an understanding of the kingdom theme of the parables, and all students become familiar with many of the personal encounters that define his ministry. An extended study of the Passion Week and resurrection accounts brings this unit of study to a conclusion.
9th-12th Grade – Old Testament Survey
High school students can choose Old Testament Survey as a history elective. This course provides an overview of the entire Old Testament beginning with creation and a study of early civilizations and extending through the captivity and restoration of Israel. Emphasis is given to understanding the patriarchal culture and the Abrahamic covenant. Students are introduced to the era of the Judges, the united kingdom of Israel, and the poetry and wisdom literature of the Bible. A key feature of the study is a course-long study of seven pivotal moments in the Old Testament. Students analyze God’s covenant, man’s actions, and transitions that occur in the history of Israel.
9th-12th Grade – New Testament Survey
High school students can also choose New Testament Survey as a history elective in their course of study. New Testament Survey provides an overview of the entire New Testament beginning with the time between the testaments. Students engage in a comparative study of the four gospels and trace the development of the early church. Emphasis is given to the life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus. Students relate pivotal moments in the New Testament to the new covenant. Students also analyze the missionary journeys of Paul and the many challenges to the early church.