Word Search puzzle: Genesis and Exodus

Based on material in chapter 3, Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese

Challenge: Even if you do not have the book, can you find all the words in this puzzle and match them with the descriptions below?

grid of letters for word search puzzle

  1. The ___________________________________ is a productive and watered land area within the ancient Near East made up of the Mesopotamian valley, the Nile delta, and Syria-Palestine.
  2. The ________________________________ played a key role in the destiny of the nation of Israel in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. One of the key leaders was Tiglath-Pileser III.
  3. The ________________________________ captured Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and forced the Jews to go into exile, an exile that lasted until the Persian Empire took over that whole area.
  4. The Sumerians invented the wedge-shaped writing called _______________________________________.
  5. _____________________________________ is a distinctive geographical subdivision of Palestine that is a strip of land extending from Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south. Important trade and military routes went through this region.
  6. The ______________________________ is part of a geological depression that extends from the foothills of Mount Hermon in the north to the Red Sea in the south. A river takes a twisting and winding path through this depression.
  7. The ______________________________ is a dry, hot, and barren region making up the southern border of Palestine.
  8. The ______________________________ were the primary inhabitants on the coastal plain southwest of Canaan, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. Their threat against Israel came to an end when David became king over Israel.
  9. ______________________________ is a term that applies to all who speak ancient languages such as Akkadian, Aramaic, Ethiopic, and Arabic. These people groups were related to each other by common cultural and linguistic characteristics.

    -- Howard Culbertson,

The Relevance for Today of Genesis and Exodus

The Bible books of Genesis and Exodus hold enduring significance for contemporary society for several reasons. Firstly, Genesis lays the foundation for many core beliefs and narratives, including the creation of the world, the origin of humanity, and the establishment of God's covenant with His people. Its profound insights into human nature, morality, and the relationship between humanity and the divine remain relevant in navigating ethical dilemmas and understanding the human condition. Exodus, on the other hand, documents the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, showcasing themes of justice, deliverance, and the transformative power of faith. Its lessons on perseverance, resilience, and the pursuit of freedom resonate deeply in today's world, inspiring movements for social justice and empowerment. Moreover, both books provide a historical and cultural framework for understanding the Judeo-Christian tradition, fostering dialogue and reflection across diverse religious and cultural landscapes.

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