Adding Geography to Your Bible Lessons, Part I

Are You Teaching the Five W‘s?

Students are taught the necessity of including the who, what, where, when, and why in their writing assignments. However, as teachers, are we including those 5 W’s in our presentations?

What may be missing in your lesson plan?

Sunday school teachers may do well with the who — the characters, or the what — the action that takes place, but what about the where?

Where does the action take place?

The where is the setting of the story. This is where the introduction of geography is important.

How many can point to modern-day Jerusalem on a map?

Where was Babylon located?

In what modern-day nation would Babylon be found?

In what modern-day nation would one find the ancient cities of Corinth or Athens?

Were these cities located inland or by a river or by the sea? How would this have affected their culture, their eating habits, or their accumulation of wealth?

Why teach the setting of a Biblical event?

Teaching the setting of a Biblical event helps students accept the reality of the story, envision the characters in their proper surroundings, and develop further understanding of Biblical times.

The introduction of geography may have your students’ interest peaked in ways you may never have imagined. More on this in our next post.