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  • By Dean Summers
    Jul 8, 2013
    Of all the books I’ve written, this is my favorite. It’s the Holly House number one best-seller, and I’m glad it’s done well, but it’s my favorite because it’s done good. All my books have done good, but this one has really done good. I created Bible 101 as a set of worksheets for a class I was teaching in an alternative high school (a Christian para-church ministry) for students at risk. There would be classroom instruction. But each student’s attendance was hit-and-miss, so I needed a course that was self-paced. I designed ten lessons, each with ten bytes of information, that would provide a framework for reading the Bible with interest and understanding. I was guided by those immortal words of Vince Lombardi, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” My approach would be, “Students, this is a Bible.” In large measure, I distilled the classes I took in Jerusalem in 1974 at the Institute of Holy Land Studies. I included information on Bible history and geography, Bible literary forms and... More > language, and I organized the lessons around the themes of God’s covenant with Abraham (the focus of the Old Testament) and God’s covenant through Jesus Christ (the focus of the New Testament). A special concern: I didn’t want to be telling the students they needed to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. I wanted them to get into the Bible and to discover for themselves that there, in the Bible, you really can hear from God. The class was a hit. So I wrote a brief introduction to each of the worksheets, and I made Bible 101 available as a workbook for the general public. That was in 1996. I began using Bible 101 in adult Sunday School classes, and I began getting feedback from others who were using Bible 101 in classes, in small-group studies, and for independent study. Bible 101 works. It works for people brand new to the Bible. It gives them an invitation to engage in the adventure of discovery, an overview of what to expect, the information they need to make progress, and a framework for organizing what they discover. Bible 101 also works with old-timers. It fills in the gaps they’ve been living with for years, and it opens the Bible to them fresh and clear. For all that, the 2013 edition is even better. Since 1996, I’ve been learning how to say things ever more clearly, but the big new feature is notes for the teacher that include a recommended classroom activity with each lesson.< Less
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Holly House Publications
July 6, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.74 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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