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The Greenleaf Guide To Old Testament History Paperback – September 1, 1994
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Winner, "Best Bible Curriculum", 1995, 1996, and 1997 - Reader's Choice Awards. (Practical Homeschooling Magazine)
"The Old Testament is the perfect place to start teaching history since it truly starts at the beginning. Many of us shy away from such a study because of the difficulties we might encounter, but the Shearers have made it much easier with this Guide." -- Cathy Duffy, Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual
About the Author
Cyndy Shearer has a BA degree in English (summa cum laude) from Queens College (Charlotte, NC) and an MA in English from the University of Virginia. She has taught elementary, high school, and college students and has been a home-schooling mom since 1985. Rob Shearer has an AB in History (cum laude) from Davidson College and a MA in History and Humanities from Stanford University. He taught at Stanford from 1977-1979 and at Virginia Wesleyan College from 1981-1984. In 1979-1980 he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Marburg, Germany. He is the Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee - a tutorial program for homeschooled high school students - which he and Cyndy founded in 2004. Rob and Cyndy live near the town of Lebanon in middle Tennessee along with their eleven children. The Shearer home school and petting zoo currently boasts four dogs, five cats, two horses, one pony and whatever else the children may have been smitten with this month.
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The way it is laid out is simple, in big bold it tells you what section of the Bible to read with your child then ask them questions regarding their understanding. The book gives you a good tutorial of what you should do to teach effectively. I recommend always reading the section first and read the questions as well to yourself then to your child so they will have an idea what to look for.
This is an essential part of what your child needs to learn and I would recommend this all day long. Trust me you will NOT be disappointed.
The format of this book makes it an excellent tool to both supplement and at times to perhaps even replace a textbook one may be using. Now keep in mind this book is not a traditional textbook. There is no lengthy discussion, no maps, and no testing material. What you will find are lessons that focus on a passage of Scripture, followed by penetrating questions that help the student dig into the topic at hand, investigating both Scripture and the historical issues related to that passage.
Such an approach serves too important purposes. First, it ensures the student grasps that Scripture relates actual historical events. Second, by making this connection, the student will be able to take important theological truths and to apply those truths to the actual historical events they are studying through this guide. For instance, in the lesson on David and Goliath, the student will read 1 Samuel 17. Then, discussion questions guide the student to taking at look at this character called Goliath, exploring who he was, how tall he was, and why he was challenging Israel. Additional questions walk the student through the story of David responding to Goliath as well as working through why this event was important. In the end, the student will have a cogent and holistic understanding of this historical event and why it is important both within Israelite history and in the grand story of Scripture itself.
I highly recommend this book for homeschoolers who are looking for ways to supplement existing curriculum they may be using. Additionally, I believe this book would serve families well during their family Bible study time. However, it is utilized, the Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History will serve you well in your studies of Israelite history and the Word of God. I know we will be exploring the other offerings from Greenleaf Press as we press forward in our homeschooling journey.
I was let down that there was almost never connections between how the Old Testament (prophecies, temple sacrifices, even families and ancestral information)can inform the New Testament.