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SBL Teacher Newsletter

September/October 2011
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Feature Essay

Teaching Comparative Creation Stories
By April Favara

Incorporating creation stories from the ancient Near East into the classroom can promote critical and contextual thinking as well as cross-cultural understanding. In this article, April Favara suggests how the educator might help students to engage comparative texts. She also highlights some of the resources that are freely accessible to the educator and provides a worksheet, below.


Comparative Creation Accounts Worksheet
By April Favara

Link to worksheet >>

Active Learning

The Creation of Adam and Eve in Genesis through Clay
By Corinna Brannon

In this activity, an art teacher from a private Catholic high school offers how she teaches Genesis 3: 1-24 to her 9th grade students by having them make clay masks. This "hands on" approach brings up rich conversation topics and provides an interactive and expressive way to teach biblical literature.



creation, the act of God by which the universe came into being. The Bible's chief account of creation is that in Gen. 1:1–2:3. God is depicted here as a sole, sovereign master of the universe directing the work of creation by verbal command and a freely determined plan. God is said to make the world in six days, resting on the seventh (cf. Exod. 20:11). Christian authors introduced the idea of Christ as mediator and agent of creation (e.g., John 1:1–4; Col. 1:15–16). In doing this they were drawing on earlier traditions that said that divine wisdom was the agent of creation, a tradition that appears both in the OT (e.g., Prov. 8:25–27) and in apocryphal writings (e.g., Wisd. Of Sol. 7:24–25; Sir. 24:3, 9).

From the Harper Collins Bible Dictionary (condensed edition), edited by Mark Allan Powell, 2009.

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