7 Interesting Facts From the Bible for Kids

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FactsIf you’re like me, you love watching cooking shows.
I never end up making anything close to what I see on TV, but that
doesn’t stop me from watching. One of my favorite food programs
isGood Eats. If you’ve never watched the show, it’s part history
class and part science fair mixed together with simple
do-it-yourself cooking tips. The host is constantly giving tidbits
of information that help give you a bigger picture of the food at
hand.

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And that got me thinking. Adding interesting
facts about the Bible to your lessons can help bring context and
clarity to those Bible verses that may be harder for younger kids
to comprehend. Here are seven interesting facts from the Bible you
can use when covering some of these topics:

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
While the exact site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount isn’t identified
in the Gospels, scholars believe it took place on one of the hills
on the north end of the Sea of Galilee, near Capernaum. The
landscape in that location contains low trees, lots of plush grass,
bushes, rocks, and plenty of space where people could sit to hear
Jesus teach.

Psalm 34 This psalm is
actually an acrostic poem. Each verse begins with a successive
letter of the Hebrew alphabet. If you have extra time, consider
having kids write their own acrostic poems using the word
“COMFORT.”

The Last Supper When Jesus
and his disciples ate the Last Supper, they were actually
celebrating the Jewish Feast of Passover. The second step in the
Passover Seder is the washing of hands (urchatzin Hebrew). Jewish
law required the washing of hands before dipping any food into
liquid. It was at this point in the meal that Jesus went a step
further and washed the disciples’ feet.

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John 10 In Bible times,
several different flocks were allowed to mix at certain times, such
as when they were being watered. When it was time to go their
separate ways, each shepherd would call his own flock. Sheep would
begin moving toward the call of the shepherd whose voice they
recognized, eventually separating themselves into different flocks
again.

John 21 The Sea of Galilee is
the lowest freshwater lake on earth and sits at 700 feet below sea
level. Jesus spent much of his ministry time near the Sea of
Galilee; he told half of his parables there and performed most of
his miracles by its waters. During the 1st century, the
three types of fish most commonly referred to were sardines, musht
fish, and catfish. It’s likely most of the fish caught here were
musht fish, commonly called “St. Peter’s fish.”

Ruth 2 Ruth gathered an
“ephah” of barley from Boaz’s fields in one day. That’s about 30
pounds of barley. She would have made up to 60 small loaves of
bread with that much barley.

Psalm 24:4 A rod was also
used as a measuring distance hundreds of years ago. Four rods
equaled 66 feet (and there are 66 books in the Bible).

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If you thought these facts were interesting,
you’ll love where they came from…the Kids’ Travel Guide series. With these books,
you can take children from Kindergarten to 5th grade on
life-impacting explorations and engage them with activities,
stories, prayer, and much more. You’ll help kids understand the
Bible messages as you bring them to life in imaginative and
dramatic ways!

What fun facts about the Bible do you like to
share with your kids? Let us know in the comment section below!

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About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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