Questions! Questions! Questions! Who doesn’t have questions about the Bible? In Explore the Bible: Kids, we answer some of the five Ws of each book utilizing the Books of the Bible Posters.
The five Ws are:
WHO wrote each book of the Bible? When the author is known or sometimes speculated, the name (or names) is given. Use the names to trigger further study with the kids.
Genesis: Who wrote the text? Moses Who is the audience? Israelites, traveling to the promised land.
WHAT was happening in the world when the book was written? Bring the Bible into our historical context—recorded times, places, and events from Bible times. Each book will have two or more historical events listed.
Deuteronomy: Water clocks invented by the Egyptians (to tell time at night), 1400 B.C.; Musical notation, 1400 B.C.; Chopsticks used in China, 1400 B.C.
WHEN was the book written and when did the events take place? No one knows the exact dates for the writings of all of the books. Suggested dates are included where applicable. Use the answers about when the events took place to form a general time line of events and the books.
John: When written—Possibly A.D. 80-90; When did the event take place—A.D. 26-30
WHERE was the book written or where was the location of the audience or where did the author live? The where answers several different questions on location.
2 Thessalonians: Where written—Corinth
WHY was the book written? The why provides a shortened explanation of why each book was written. This viewpoint helps one understand the overall theme of each book.
Jonah: To show God’s compassion for a repentant people, no matter who they are or what they have done.
Display the session’s Bible book poster each week and review the information. Display the books of each genre of the Bible or one Testament at a time. Help everyone learn more about the books in the Bible.