Tempted to cheat on some schoolwork?
Caution: Easton's Bible dictionary was published in the late 1800's. It is full of good stuff. Still, it does not reflect archaeological discoveries and other biblical knowledge advances of the last 100 years.
"Bib-Lit", as it was called on the SNU campus, was a one-semester all-the-through-the-Bible course that aimed to stamp out biblical illiteracy! [ read more ]
This entry-level course tried to give students a grasp of basic Bible facts. We met 80 Bible characters and looked at 15 key chapters. We learned at least one phrase about the content of every Bible book. By the end of the course, students were writing the entire story of the Bible in one page.
Class resources including assignments, due dates, and exam study guides
- Syllabus with due dates for assignments and exams
- 15 key chapters of the Bible
- Bible Study assignments
- How Bible Study assignments are graded
- Crossword puzzles Click on numbers to retrieve sheets
- Chapters 1-2 | Chapter 4 | Chapters 4-5 | Chapter 6 | Chapters 7-8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 15 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23 | Chapters 24-25 | Chapter 26 | Chapter 27 | Chapters 28 | Chapters 29-30 | Chapter 31
- Supplementary puzzles
- Word scramble puzzles: Chapter 8 | Chapter 13 | Chapters 29 and 30
- Word search puzzles: Chapter 3 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 27 | Chapter 32
- Map assignments. Need a map sheet? Click on the numbers to retrieve maps in Adobe Acrobat PDF format
1 | 2 | 3
- Worksheet: Matching people and events
- Writing a summary of the story of the Bible?
- Memory quizzes
- Ten Commandments text for recitation at beginning of each class period
- Condensed "harmony" of the gospels
- Crossword puzzle: 3 dozen women of the Bible
- Canaan: strategic land bridge [map and explanation]
- Bible at a glance
- Reading the Bible
- Famous sayings from the Bible [ see list ]
- Chart of Old Testament book groupings [ see graphic ]
- What questions are raised and answered in the Old Testament? [ see list ]
- Word search: Most-mentioned names in the Bible
- Video viewing guides
- "Archeology of Jerusalem," Part I, SNU library call number: DS 109 .A7 [ viewing guide ]
- Armageddon footage from "Faith Lessons on the Prophets and Kings" SNU library call number: BS632.F351 1999 v. 2 [ viewing guide ]
- Faith lessons: Sardis
- Faith lessons: The rabbi
- In the dust of the rabbi: When the rabbi says come'"
- Discovering the Bible series
- Jerusalem: From a dream to destruction SNU library call number: DS 109 .J46 v.1[ viewing guide ]
- Jerusalem: Within These Walls SNU library call number: DS 109.94 .J378[ viewing guide ]
- Excavating the Bible: The ancient tunnels of Jerusalem SNU library call number: DS 111.7 .E9 2000 v. 3
- Need a study break? Pass a few minutes with a hidden Bible book names puzzle [ see puzzle ]
- Exam study guides
Sample hand-drawn map for exam 1
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" -- 2 Timothy 3:16
Helps for Bible study
As you get deeper and deeper into the Word, you'll find the following of help:
- Bible concordance
- Alphabetical listing of words in the Bible with the verses in which they appear. Several concordances can be found online.
- Bible dictionary
- Alphabetical arrangement of explanations of Bible history, culture and general contents
- Bible encyclopedia
- Similar to a Bible dictionary with an alphabetical listing of topics and explanations. Covers more territory in greater detail than does a dictionary
- Bible atlas
- Geographical and topographical information on Bible lands, including geopolitical boundaries
- Bible commentary
- Scholar's comments on the meaning of the text of the books of the Bible, often verse by verse. Commentaries often are multi-volume sets
What will you get out of BibLit?
Students' comments from previous semesters:
- "It helped me learn more about things I thought I knew."
- "I read more of the Bible than I ever had before."
- "I was exposed to stories in the Bible that I hadn't read before."
- "We took 'field trips' that were very helpful."
- "It brought the Bible to life."
External links: Bible resources on the Internet
Leisure reading suggestion:
Do you read novels? Then, let James Michener bring alive for you the drama of Israel's turbulent past in his novel The Source. Michener is a marvelous story teller. In this 1965 book Michener uses historical fiction to bring Israel's past eras to life. The focal point of the novel is an archaeological dig at Tell Makor, an imaginary mound that is the accumulated residue of abandoned settlements, each resting on the ruins of its predecessor.
I don't agree with all of Michener's assumptions and theological conclusions, but the book is great reading in terms of helping one sense the drama of biblical events.
Most courses at SNU contain a writing component.
I expect students to produce written work that is focused, well developed, organized and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to the students for further revision and resubmission.
See my writing checklist.
Ready for a light moment?
Before we jump into the course, would you like a chuckle? [ read more ]
Howard Culbertson, 5901 NW 81st, Oklahoma
City, OK 73132 | Phone: 405-740-4149 - Fax:
Last Updated: October 18, 2017 | URL: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/biblit.htm