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  Echoing the Word May 2016  
  Vol. 15 No. 2 Using the Bible with Students    
The Bible in Religious Education
Maurice Ryan reminds the reader of the importance of the Bible in religious education. He presents two foundational tasks of biblical education and looks at various tasks and implications for religious education.
 Editorial
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Using the Bible with Students
The Bible, as our sacred and inspired text, is a central part of religious education and catechesis. The stories of the Bible form our religious and cultural identity and reveal to us the God we worship.
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 Reviews & Resources
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Children's Literature
Jan Grajczonek reviews Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox, The Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth, and Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst.
 
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Resources for Religious Education
Melanie Dooner reviews Simple Ways to Pray for Healing by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn, Writing to God – Kid’s Edition by Rachel Hackenberg and 131 FUN-damental Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette McCarver Snyder.
 
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 Social Justice
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Justice in the Bible
God’s call for justice in the world is deeply rooted in the Bible. Peter Arndt presents an exercise where students survey what the Bible says about justice using a series of ten questions and discussion.
 
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 For the Catechist
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Teaching Children to Use the Bible
Teaching Tips
Alison Newellsuggests ways of using the Bible to encourage a deep reverence for our sacred texts. The catechist and teacher model reverence for the Bible in the way it is handled and used in lessons and for prayer.
 
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The Bible, God's Sacred Word
Alison Newell reminds us that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, our sacred scriptures. Catechesis involves inculturation and presenting the Gospel message in its integrity and purity.
 
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 Religious Literacy
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Choosing a Bible
Sr Joanna Coleiro and Paul Taouk outline some key considerations and criteria in choosing Bibles for class use.
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Proclaiming God's Word in the Assembly
Denise Braddon focuses on the Liturgy of the Word and the need to prepare students for the various roles in proclaiming the Word and reading the psalm and prayer of intercession.
 
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Teaching and Using the Bible in the Early Years
Jan Grajczonek explores the challenge of presenting biblical stories to young children appropriately, maintaining the integrity of the text.
 
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  Scripture
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Choosing a Bible
Some Pointers for Navigating the Maze
Stuart Moran presents an explanation of the Bible, its composition and formation, differences between Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Bibles and why we have different translations and version of the Bible.
 
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  Theology
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Young People and the Bible
Tony Densley looks at some challenges in using the Bible with children and teenagers. In a youth culture vastly different to ancient times how do we engage students with Scripture and inspire in them a reverence and love for the Word of God?
 
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  Liturgies & Activities
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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Anne Victor’s activity helps young students relate their own experience of sharing meals to the various stories of Jesus sharing a meal with his friends and disciples.
 
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Let's Play the Bible Board Game!
Beth Nolen has developed a board game to motivate students to investigate questions about the Bible. There are 20 questions related to both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
 
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The Books of the Bible
The books of the Bible are presented in a table format, showing the similarities and differences between the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions.
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The Healing of Two Blind Men
Beth Nolen presents a process for exploring this miracle story of Jesus. Challenging questions and tasks help students explore the context and meaning of this Scripture passage.
 
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Using the Bible with Students
Having a Purpose in Mind!
Jennifer Callanan models a purposeful use of the Bible by using the concept of mercy. Students are guided in an exploration of mercy in the Psalms. Their work is then used in a ritual prayer.
 
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What is God Like?
Anne Victor suggests a process for exploring images of God with young students. She uses various short Scripture texts which present different images of God – God as mother, potter, king, shepherd and refuge.
 
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