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Newsletter Dated: 6/1/2003 4:20:43 PM
Subject: Bible People from A to Z
Contents of this issue of the Joan Koelle Snipes
- Bible Study Worksheet: Bible People from A - Z
- updated list of recommended Bible story books at www.BibleWise.com
- Internet Bible resources -- 800 links from www.CSeNews.com
- Bible Study Seminar at Asilomar in California
- Bible workshops in September
This issue of my e-newsletter consists mainly of a Bible Study worksheet about people from both the Old and the New Testament. Those of you familiar with the worksheets in my book, "That Ye May Teach the Children," know that typically there are eight to ten questions on a page. The worksheet below is much longer than usual because it features one person for each of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. This worksheet is probably best used with children who are in at least the fifth grade. Both the worksheet's length and some of the lesser known Bible stories referenced make it more difficult than the 44 worksheets in my book.
UPDATED LIST OF RECOMMENDED BIBLE STORY BOOKS
Two years ago in an e-newsletter I shared an annotated list of fourteen Bible picture books for children. Since that time I have continued to look for similar books I can recommend to families. My revised list happens to be featured this month in the Swap Shop section of www.BibleWise.com. Authors new to the list include Asimov, Beebe, Egermeier, Hastings, Hurlbut and Yates. Please check it out and let me know of other similar books you've found and like, even if they are out of print.
INTERNET BIBLE RESOURCES
If you are looking for a thorough list of Bible resources on the Internet, may I suggest this link: www.csenews.com. Click on the CSeNews Bible resources page to find an amazing 800 links! These have been lovingly compiled by the editor of this page, Mark Mohlenbrock. The categories include Bible commentaries, dictionaries, photo collections, maps, translations, and many others. I've very much enjoyed browsing through some of these sites and have been amazed at the amount of solid, interesting material we have at our fingertips.
SEE YOU IN CALIFORNIA?
I'm happy to say that I will be learning more about the Bible this month when I attend the 25th annual Bible Study Seminar at Asilomar. Will any of you be there? If so, please let me know so we can make a point of meeting. For more information about this seminar on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, please see: www.biblestudyseminars.com.
Bible Study Worksheet: Bible People from A - Z
Please match the correct description with the twenty-six people listed at the bottom.
The first wife of Ahasuerus, king of Persia. Esther 1:9-19; 2:1, 4, 17
A contemporary of King Solomon's who came to Jerusalem with gold and precious stones.
I Kings 10:1, 2
King of Judah at the time Sennacherib's Assyrian army withdrew from Jerusalem after a plague killed many enemy soldiers in their tents. II Kings 19:15, 35
A prophet, a judge and a priest born to Hannah but raised by his teacher, Eli. I Samuel 1:20
A woman whose jar of grain and jug of oil were replenished thanks to the prophet Elijah during a time of drought. I Kings 17:8-16
An early Christian from Cyprus who traveled with Paul. Acts 4:36, 37
Joseph married Asenath in Egypt. Manasseh was Joseph's older son. Please name the second son. Genesis 41:52
A prophetess and a judge who prevailed in a battle with the Canaanites. Judges 4:4
One of Noah's three sons. His brothers were Shem and Ham. Genesis 5:32
Rebekah's brother. His daughters included Leah and Rachel. Genesis 29:10
An officer of Pharaoh's and a captain of the guard. Joseph was sold to him. Genesis 37:36
A writing prophet of Israel who lived in Jerusalem. He was married and had two sons. Isaiah 7:3; 8:3
Daughter of King Saul and first wife of David. I Samuel 14:49
King of the Persian empire who allowed the Hebrew people to return to Jerusalem after the Exile. Ezra 1:1-4
Brother of Moses and Miriam. He and his four sons were solemnly consecrated to the priesthood by being anointed with oil. I Chronicles 6:3
A son of Solomon and first king of the Southern Kingdom, Judah, founded at the time of Solomon's death. I Kings 11:43
The Babylonian king who captured and destroyed Jerusalem in 587 BCE. His army took the Hebrew people into captivity. II Kings, chs. 24, 25
A slave belonging to Philemon, a member of the church at Colossae. Paul writes about him in his letter to Philemon. Philemon 1:10
The father of John the Baptist. Luke 1:5-25, 57-79; 3:2
An early Christian who worked with Paul. He was often sent to churches when Paul himself could not go. His mother was Eunice and his grandmother was Lois. Philemon 1:1
A Roman governor of Judea mentioned in Acts. He was married to Drusilla and kept Paul in prison. Acts 23:23 to 24:27
A king of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, who reigned for 52 years and was struck with leprosy later in life. II Chronicles 26:3
A son of Jesse who began his career as a shepherd and became king of Israel. I Samuel 16:17-23
Another name for Moses, who was the son of "a man of the house of Levi." Exodus 2:1
One of the twelve sons of Jacob. His mother was Zilpah and his younger brother was Asher.
Genesis 30:10, 11
Nobleman's son who was sick at Capernaum. John 4:46-53
ANSWERS FOR BIBLE PEOPLE FROM A TO Z:
Aaron, Barnabas, Cyrus, Deborah, Ephraim, Felix, Gad, Hezekiah, Isaiah,
Japheth, King David, Laban, Michal, Nebuchadnezzar, Onesimus, Potiphar,
Queen of Sheba, Rehoboam, Samuel, Timothy, Uzziah, Vashti,
Widow of Zarephath, X E(x)odus leader, Y Young man healed by Jesus,
I have two workshops scheduled for September. I'll be in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 20 and Springfield, Virginia on September 27. If you'd like details, please email me.
Joan Koelle Snipes
Volume 3; No. 3
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