This week, 480 years ago, William Tyndale was strangled to death and then burned. One of his offenses was the translation of the Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek—a capital crime at that time.
Not even death, however, could stop the impact of Tyndale’s translations. The words that Tyndale left behind would reshape not only the work of English-speaking theologians and pastors but also the English language itself. This story of how we got the Bible and how these words have shaped the world is a story that every believer in Jesus Christ should know—including our children.
What our children need to understand about the Bible is far more than a mere bundle of isolated verses and morals! They need to understand the big picture of Scripture—
- the historical contexts that shaped these writings,
- the story of how the books of the Bible fit together,
- the methods that were used to copy these texts faithfully, and
- the deep impact that these documents have had on human civilization.
If our children know only isolated verses and morals, they will have no answers when skeptics question their beliefs, and children are unlikely to sustain a faith that they are unable to defend.
That conviction is why I’m excited about this curriculum from Museum of the Bible. The Museum of the Bible has produced a visually stunning set of interactive textbooks that teach the history and backgrounds of the Bible through animations, interactive maps, and three-dimensional models. It’s all presented in a way that any high schooler and most older children will understand and enjoy, and it’s affordable for parents. There are 108 total lessons—two years’ worth of weekly lessons or four years’ worth of teaching throughout the school year.
Take a look at this video to see how immersive and interesting this curriculum can be:
To learn more about this topic, consider scheduling a visit to the Museum of the Bible. The Museum of the Bible opens on November 17, 2017.
Discuss in the Comments:
Listen to this conversation about parents and apologetics. How might this curriculum from Museum of the Bible be used to equip parents and children together to understand and to defend the history and reliability of the Bible?