Sure, you can buy ready made Bible verse cards. There are lots of those out there. But how about having your students make their own Bible verse cards?
Not Your Typical Bible Verse Cards
These Bible verse cards approach the content in an academic way. Hey, this is homeschool, not Sunday school, right? Kristin’s approach is to raise the bar with content. So, not only do you get a fun craft with lots of different components, but you get great art coupled with an academic, Biblical explanation that ties the art with the Bible verse along with some fun talk bubbles for your students. Here’s an example:
Medieval artists looked at art differently than do modern viewers (us). Medieval artists understood art symbolically, while we tend to look at art like we look at photographs. We expect reality, but medieval artists were not interested in perspective or 3D drawing; they were interested in symbols. For example in this illustration called Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, from the twelfth-century Jruchi Gospels 11, we expect the sky to be blue, but it is not; it is gold. Gold is a symbol of the sun, which is a symbol of God, the heavens, and the world of the spirit. The sky is gold to let us know that what we are looking at is happening in the spirit world, that we are looking at spiritual things.
The sun is also the inspiration for the halo around Jesus’ head. You can barely see it in the painting, but it has been enhanced in the image at the right [see the image below]. A halo says that Jesus is the light of the world.
Jesus and the woman are sitting and standing on the earth; Jesus is sitting on blue grass (blue and green were sometimes interchangeable in medieval art-it’s complicated) and the woman is standing on a rock. This bit of context is meant to show that this conversation is happening literally on the earth, but the gold sky tells that they are talking about spiritual things.
Notice, however, that Jesus’ feet are on a gold mat. He is special. He is both God and man, human yet completely holy and innocent. Though he is made of real flesh, he is not sinful or fleshly symbolically speaking. Though his feet literally touched the earth when he walked upon it, his feet were not symbolically dirtied by the earth that he walked on. That’s why his feet are not allowed to touch the ground. On the other hand the woman is standing upon the rock without a mat because she is both literally made of flesh and symbolically sinful.
Notice that the well is contained within the rock outcropping. They met at Jacob’s well which was dug out of solid rock and can still be visited today. It is located in Nablus, Israel in the Church of Saint Photina (Though the Bible does not mention the name of the woman at the well, Church legend calls her Saint Photina, a woman who eventually died for her faith under the Roman Emperor Nero.)
10 Bible Verse Cards
There are 10 verse card projects for your students. Each project includes the following:
- A Bible verse card with explanation on the inside about the art and verse (older students write verse on the card)
- Verse card cut-outs for the front and back of the card
- A bookmark
- Three bracelets
- A keychain mini verse card
- Two cards for a matching game (20 cards in all when all 10 projects are completed)
- Writing paper for younger students
The book has instructions and we also provide online verse card instructions.
Please Note: This is a disposable book. You will have to take it a part in order to use it.
The verses in volume one are:
- Deuteronomy 15:15
- Matthew 11:28
- John 6:35
- John 4:13-14
- Luke 10:27
- I Thessalonians 5:17
- John 10:11
- John 15:1
- I Peter 5:7
- John 11:25
And we have a video! The fun never stops!
Once completed here’s what your 10 projects will look like: