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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

November 12, 2012

The Bible in 50 Words

Assign either as a group or individual project the task of describing Salvation History, or the Bible, in 50 words. This means describing everything from the creation of the first humans all the way to the early years of the Church, described in the New Testament. An example from an unknown source follows:

God made

Adam bit

Noah arked

Abraham split

Joseph ruled

Jacob fooled

Bush talked

Moses balked

Pharaoh plagued

People walked

Sea divided

Tablets guided

Promised landed

Saul freaked

David peeked

Prophets warned

Jesus born

God walked

Love talked

Anger crucified

Hope died

Love rose

Spirit flamed

Word spread

God remained

You can choose to share this example with the students prior to the assignment or not. You might give an example of one or two lines. Rhyming verses are optional. Tell the students that the only rule is that they describe Salvation History in 50 words or less.

To extend the assignment, have them create posters or slides with their work. Allow time for class sharing.


1 Pat Wiss

Nov. 12, 2012
This has been around for a long time; I had misplaced my copy of it so thanks for posting!

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