How to Teach the Sunday-School Lessons for 1907. Practical Suggestions in Pedagogical Method

Theodore Gerald Soares
1906 The Biblical World  
Many teachers look forward to the lessons in the Old Testament with dismay. The times are so remote, the interests seem so foreign, and general unfamiliarity with the Old Testament is so great, that they dread the task of leading a group of boys or girls through a year's lessons in the stories of Israel. Yet the reverse ought to be true. The Old Testament is easier to teach to young people than the New Testament. The vividness and vivacity of the narratives, the heroic characters full of human
more » ... ters full of human virtues and human frailties, make the Hebrew stories, if properly presented, full of interest to young folk. And no teacher need shrink from leading his class on the score of unpreparedness on his own part. If he be willing to undertake some careful work, he can fit himself well for the task, and all the lessons may be enjoyable and profitable. The following suggestions arc offered: I. The teacher shoxld rnake a preliminary survey of the year's work. If the teaching is to have method and unity, it must be done on the basis of some general understanding of the ground to be traversed. The bane of Sunday-school instruction is the hand-tomouth plan. The Old Testament is a great unit. It has been brought into the form in which we have it by the painstaking efforts of Israel's religious writers. From the mass of the stories of their past they selected those that carried forward the history of God's purpose for his people. Every narrative therefore has its place in this comprehensive editorial plan. One cannot understand a part of the Old Testament without knowing something of it all. This is not to say that every Sunday-school teacher must be a thorough Old Testament scholar. It is only to say that he should 4I2
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