Who Wrote the Bible? – Teacher’s Kit

aa- Circle Logo BlueThis class offers a unique view of the Bible by looking at the history and culture of the people who wrote it and the times in which they lived. Based on the book by Richard Elliott Friedman, we will explore a mystery as compelling as any good detective story: Who Wrote the Bible? We will focus on the central books of the Old Testament drawing upon biblical and archaeological evidence to build up a vivid picture of the world of the Bible, its politics, history and personalities. Whether you are brand new to the Bible, or seeking to enrich your understanding, you will find this class has much to offer.

This Teacher’s Kit contains all you need to lead this class, except a copy of the book, which may be purchased via amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

Class Description – with complete roadmap for five 2-hour sessions and a list of items needed
5 powerpoint presentations
2 handouts

This class has been approved for elective credit through Unity’s Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) program.

Session 1

  • Opening Prayer
  • Introductions
  • Introduction: Who Wrote the Bible?
  • Discussion
  • Break
  • Chapter 1 – The World That Produced the Bible: 1200-722 BCE
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 2

  • Opening Prayer
  • Chapter 2 – J and E
  • Activity – Read Noah handout
  • Discussion
  • Break
  • Chapter 3 – Two Kingdoms, Two Writers
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 3

  • Opening Prayer
  • Chapter 4 – The World That Produced the Bible: 722-587 BCE
  • Chapter 5 – In the Court of King Josiah
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Break
  • Chapter 6 – D
  • Chapter 7 – A Priest in Exile
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 4

  • Opening Prayer
  • Chapter 8 – The World That Produced the Bible: 587-400 BCE
  • Chapter 9 – A Brilliant Mistake
  • Chapter 10 – The Sacred Tent
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Break
  • Chapter 11 – P
  • Chapter 12 – In the Court of King Hezekiah
  • Activity – Read Creation stories handout
  • Discussion
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer
Session 5

  • Opening Prayer
  • Chapter 13 – The Great Irony
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • BreakChapter 14 – The World That the Bible Produced
  • Activity
  • Discussion
  • Love Offering
  • Closing Prayer