Introduction to the Old Testament
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Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will learn about the 46 books of the Old Testament, the different types of writing in the Old Testament and the story of Salvation.
About this night
The Old Testament is the first half of Salvation History – God’s promise of a Savior. Throughout the Old Testament, we read of a loving God who desires to be in relationship with His people. This session helps to introduce the Old Testament to the middle school youth. They will have a chance to recognize and understand some of the stories, events and writings of the Old Testament. As Catholics, we are mindful of reading the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, where God’s promises are fulfilled.
Most people are overwhelmed by the thought of reading from the Old Testament because the names and places are hard to pronounce and the stories seem confusing. This session will help the middle school youth see an order to the Old Testament and in a fun way, present the different books of the Old Testament through a spelling bee. The youth will hear the name of the book and what kind of book it is (historical, prophetic, wisdom, etc).
This session was an introduction to the books of the Old Testament. The Old Testament can seem intimidating, especially if you don’t know where to start or what each of the books is about. Tonight we helped your middle school youth to identify the different types of books in the Old Testament (Law/Pentateuch, Historical, Wisdom and Prophetic). Reading and knowing the Old Testament helps us to know where our faith comes from. Together with your youth, read a story from the Old Testament that you are familiar with and discuss the following:
What is this story about?
Who are the important people in the story?
How can you relate to the people in the story?
What lesson does that story give to us today?
Think “Spelling Bee.” Have chairs and a podium at the front of the room for the skit during the Proclaim. There should also be a secondary microphone where the contestants will stand. A judge’s table should also be put toward the front (or side of stage) as in a real Spelling Bee. On the walls, put posters with fun phrases from an Old Testament Spelling Bee: “Say It, Spell It!” “Can I have the type of book, please?” “Can you give me a verse from that book, please?” “Can you use that in a sentence?” “Who wrote it, please?” “Does that book point to Jesus?” Add others you may think of.
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