In Bible class with Mr. Birx, we were introduced to Bibliology - the doctrine of the Bible. The key concepts taught:
- Inspiration - The Bible is "God-breathed"
- Verbal inspiration - The Words of the Bible are God-breathed - "by means of words" or "word for word"
- Biblical Hebrew - the language of the Old Testament Scriptures. The Hebrew language consists of 22 consonants. It is read from right to left and from back to front. The "jot" is the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and the "tittle" is the small appendage that differentiates between two similar looking letters in the alphabet.
- Plenary verbal inspiration - Every word of the Bible is God-breathed - plenary means "full", every word is inspired.
- The Word of God is eternal.
- The Word of God is the only book inspired by God.
- The Bible is 66 books, penned by 40 different human authors, over a period of 1,500 years.
- An illustration of the concept of different human authors (instruments or tools) being used by God to write (dictate) His message. Three different students played the same song using three different instruments. The instruments had their own unique sound but they were all playing the same song that the teacher instructed them to play.
- the perfect square trinomial
- the difference between two squares
- the sum and difference of odd powers
- the sum and difference of even powers
Mrs. Thompson introduced a new spelling list.
In literature she was discussing narrative poetry... poems that tell a story. She went over such topics as:
- folk ballad
- literary ballad
- dramatic monologue
- English Poet - Robert Browning
- American Poet - Edna St. Vincent Millay
- British Poet - Alfred Noyes
- Outstanding American Poet - Robert Frost
- geographical features
- places to visit
- Independence Day
- Iconic figures
- initial greetings
- parting phrases
- phrases pertaining to a person's well-being
The Middle East and the Empires:
- Old Babylonian Empire
- Hittite Empire
- Assyrian Empire
- New Babylonian Empire
- Persian Empire
- Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
- Conflict - brothers - Ishmael & Isaac
- Two great monarchs - the Reign of David, the Reign of Solomon
- Babylonian Cuneiform
- Egyptian Hieroglyphics
- Sinai Script
- Phoenician Alphabet
- systems, organs, tissues, and cells in plants
- external structures of leaves
- arrangement of leaves on stems
- types of plant tissues
- internal structure of leaves
- structure of plant cells
- parts of a microscope
- microscope techniques
- preparing and storing microscope
- preparing and storing slides
- helpful hints for focusing and viewing
Until next time...
"Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15