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Peter Enns holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Harvard and has taught in both university and seminary classrooms for over fifteen years. He and his wife Susan live in Pennsylvania and are the parents of three children.
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  • Series: Telling God's Story
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339481
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias, and is the author of several books, including, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne), The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously (with Marc Brettler and Daniel Harrington, Oxford University Press), Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and The Problem of the Old Testament (Baker), and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins (Baker).

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Lauer on December 21, 2011
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It's very clear to me after using the year one materials for 4.5 months that the negative reviewers haven't been paying attention. There's nothing in here that should be objectionable to even the most rigid fundamentalist, except perhaps the author himself. Seriously?!

The lessons are brief, well-written and on a level that neither talks down to nor overreaches the intended audience. My precocious 5-year-old has enjoyed the stories and activities so far, and particularly enjoys running into stories he's familiar with (we read from a children's bible every night as part of our bedtime routine, and it's one of his favorite parts). The additional material intended for the parent/teacher is both useful and interesting, and is often shared in conversation during some of the activities from the companion activity book.

My only concern is whether or not they'll be able to keep publishing subsequent years in time for us to use them. I'll be pre-ordering Year Two later this week.

Keep up the great work, and ignore the naysayers - they won't like anything that doesn't fit their very narrow world-view anyway, and you clearly have a wider audience in mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beasley on May 31, 2013
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I am so excited to have found this! I have other books by Peace Hill Press but to be honest didn't pay much attention to their religious curriculum because I assumed it to be the status quo.

Most Christian homeschool curriculums that I'm aware of guide the young children (elementary) through the Old Testament stories first. This past year I did kindergarten with my 5 year old son. I was really struggling that the kindergarten (and even preschool) curriculums that we used included killing and violence (i.e. typical O.T.). Our beliefs are that as Christians we are called to a life of nonviolence and have been very careful not to allow our young sons to watch tv or movies that include violence; we don't allow toy weapons, etc. So it was very troubling to me that as we cuddled for our "Bible" or "God" time that we were reading about killings and Zionism. This is complicated stuff and I don't take it at modern day face value, so to speak. So why am I reading it that way to my kindergartener?

Enter Peter Enns. I read his name on a website, then discovered this series! In grades 1-5, it starts out with Jesus and His teachings... which I think many of us will agree is the #1 point/theme of our Christian faith. This is Bible curriculum I can get behind and support teaching my children!

Have been researching for my son's Bible curriculum for next year and was starting to think I may need to develop my own - then found this! I just read the Year One Instructor Guide and love it! So excited!

If you aren't satisfied with a lot of the conservative/literal/fundamentalist Biblical homeschool curriculum out there, this one may be for you! Thank you Peter Enns for this answer to prayer!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MATTHEW B SIMMONS on June 6, 2011
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I want my child to have a personal relationship with God, and this is just the tool to start him down that path. Jesus's parables were often if not always about the nature of God - an excellent starting point for a relationship with him. My only complaint is that I wish the instructor text and teaching guide were combined into one book with the activity guide, but this is just a personal preference and in no way detracts from the actual content. I can't think of any way to make the content better; it is just what I had been wanting (and was afraid was not out there). I'm already eagerly anticipating the next installment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on September 25, 2012
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"Telling God's Story Year One: Meeting Jesus" is the first installment of Peter Enns "Telling God's Story" religious curriculum published by Olive Branch Books. Peter Enns holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Harvard and a master's degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has taught in both the university and seminary classrooms. He and his wife Susan live in Pennsylvania and are the parents of three children.
"Telling God's Story Year One: Meeting Jesus" is made up of two parts: Instructor Text and Teaching Guide and Student Guide and Activity Pages. For this review, the focus will be on the Instructor Text and Teaching Guide.
The "Instructor Text and Teaching Guide" is written in an easy, conversational tone between the author and the reader. The curriculum is organized into nine units which introduce Jesus in the Gospel story: Introduction, Stories Jesus Told, Miracles Jesus Did, Teachings of Jesus, The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' Early Life, Jesus' Disciples, Opposition to Jesus, The End of Jesus' Life, and The Rest of the Story.
Each lesson contains the Biblical reference which is the basis for the lesson, "What the Parent Should Know", followed by the lesson text.
"Telling God's Story Year One: Meeting Jesus" is straightforward, authored in a conversational tone. The curriculum is "ecumenical," appealing to all denominations of the Christian church. Our family has been pleased with Enns' insight and look forward to reading through "Telling God's Story Year Two: The Kingdom of God" in the fall.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mary on April 14, 2011
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I am so thankful that my husband found a link to this material as he was searching for material to help us teach the bible to our 4 children. It is exactly what we were looking for, and, to be honest, didn't really think we would find. It is intelligent and encouraging to myself and my children. Thank you Peter Enns and Olive Branch Books!
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