Goal of the Edge Night
The middle school youth will learn about how the Bible was written and our approach when reading Scripture. The youth will also explore how the Bible can be read in different ways: literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical.
Edge Night at a Glance
This session tells the story of how the writers of Sacred Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write an account of how God was working. Through that same Spirit, we are called to read the Scriptures and apply them to our lives. However, since the Bible was written so long ago, we must be mindful to read the Scriptures from the perspective of the time they were written (the literal sense), while being aware of the deeper meanings: how it points to or foreshadows Christ (allegorical), how it calls us to live our lives as Christians (moral sense) and what it reveals about the eternal (anagogical sense).
The Gather activity is designed to help the youth understand that the Bible contains various types of writing: historical, poetic, prophetic, etc., and how this adds to the beauty and magnificence of the Bible. With their small groups, the youth will read a story from the Bible. Many of them may simply remember that the story exists, but not very much detail. By using the various senses of reading Scripture, the youth will come to a deeper understanding of the story of Salvation History.