When they were quite young, my children memorized the books of the Bible using a sing-song method. Now that they are older we use resources such as Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School to give us all a deeper look into each book. Understanding the history and the people, the culture and surrounding circumstances behind the writing of each book is important and helpful in understanding the Bible. The more we understand the better we can apply it to our lives.
Let me tell you about this terrific resource that is jam-packed with helpful information. This At-a-Glance study help comes as a downloadable pdf file. It includes one page for each of the 66 books of the Bible that’s packed full of good stuff:
- The name of the Old (or New) Testament book (the pages follow the order you find these books in your Bible)
- When book was written
- Placement on the Timeline
- The Claims to Fame section lists fun facts or events the book is most known for
- The Famous Stories Included section shows overview of those Bible stories we all grew up with
- The Most Famous Verses section is a great place for finding memory verses
- The Important Points about the Book section gives you exactly what it says – the important stuff.
Everything is listed and displayed in a user-friendly manner. Each page is a summary at your fingertips. Our family is studying through a Survey of the Old and New Testaments right now and so we’ve printed out a page for each book as we study them. I give each of my kids a copy of the page that corresponds with the book we are currently learning from. We’ve moved through Genesis and Exodus, etc and now looking more deeply into the writings in Deuteronomy. The Genesis page from the At-a-Glance set fits nicely into their notebooks and is available for reference anytime they need it.
For my own study time, I am adding the page that matches the passages I am currently reading. When reading through the book of Psalms I printed out a copy of that summary and added it to my quiet time journal pages. It has been really helpful to get a grasp of things like who, what, when, where as I begin reading and studying a new book in my Bible.
I am really happy about the fact that the copyright on this pdf file allows me to print for each person in my household to use in a way that works for us. To date, that has meant picking and choosing which pages we print and use. I also am happy to be able to print this whole file and bind it together as a reference book of sorts, ready and waiting.
Teach Sunday School offers more than these Printable Books of the Bible “Summary Sheets”. They have many resources for parents, churches, schools. Their digital products are easy to download and ready to be put to use. Perfect for teaching children, teens and adults Bible basics. They are also a great option for rounding out an already existing program or curriculum, adding extra information or just some plain, old fun!
Many families on the Review Crew have been using the Books of the Bible At-a-Glance pages. Click below for more ideas about how to use this terrific resource.