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7 Interesting Facts From the Bible for Kids

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.

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.

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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