Bible Doodle: Genesis 31

Genesis 31 tells the story of Jacob’s sneaking away from his Uncle Laban’s land—taking with him the family, flocks, servants, and great wealth that he had accumulated. Laban gathers his fighting men and goes after them. The angel of God is visits Jacob and Laban, and instead of a battle, they declare peace and boundaries.… Read More

Read with Discernment: Questions to Ask Yourself

I’ve been on my “historical fiction bandwagon” in the last few blogs: Increase Your Bible Understanding Through History Why read historical fiction about Biblical characters? Historical fiction is a fantastic tool for discovering a past event, but did you know that there is a part of the author in each book she writes? Historical fiction… Read More

Why read historical fiction about Bible characters?

Some people believe the term “Biblical Fiction” is an oxymoron, because how can the words Biblical and Fiction be joined together. The Bible is truth. And fiction isn’t—necessarily. That’s what historical fiction does—joins two seeming-opposites together to make something more accessible, like a history lesson or a Bible story. Good fiction helps its characters come alive… Read More

Do you want to dig deeper into the Bible?

Are you stuck in your childhood, Sunday School, fun-little-song edition of the Bible? If you don’t look for and expect to discover deeper understanding, you won’t find it. If you are like me, when you read the Bible a voice whispers in your brain, “I already know this story.” Our brains work that way—they connect what is coming… Read More

3 Cheers for Archaeologists

Researching ancient history can be tricky. It requires connecting the dots (clues) that are scattered throughout many different  “__ologies,” such as anthropology, geology, archaeology, philosophy, theology, literature, history, and the history of science and medicine. All of these require core skills and innovative and informed approaches to theories. (That’s education-speak for: make your best guess… Read More

Nursery Rhymes are Historical Fiction

There’s more to nursery rhymes that fun little ditties to sing while you jump rope.  They are our history in disguise. For example: The origin for this rhyme that most historicans agree on is: Nimble Jack is actually Black Jack, an English pirate who was notorious for escaping from the authorities in the late 16th… Read More