The study starts with an overview of the entire timeline of the Old Testament. That was a bit overwhelming to think about... go through a few thousand years of Biblical history in three days. Yikes! But when we actually started to do it, well, it was actually a lot of fun. I lost the five year old though, he just couldn't keep up past the stories he knows so well already. I'm not going to talk about the overview much more, though, because it isn't exactly typical of the bulk of the study.Wall Timelines. And I have totally fallen in love with this product...
Since we have used the Old Testament Overview, I'm going to talk about the Old Testament Wall Timeline, just as a way to compare the two products a bit, so you can figure out if one would be the right thing for you.
The intro timeline in the Overview is meant to whet your kids' appetites and give them a feel for what they'll be studying in depth over the next months. As such, it is pretty much a whirlwind tour of the Old Testament before you get into the actual study. The study part has you going into much more detail and using resources like a Bible dictionary and maps.
The Wall Timeline is very cool... you are ending up with basically the "overview" timeline from the big study... but you are going at a more reasonable pace that allows for a bit of extra study. And the timeline is pretty... so it is, in fact, suitable for putting up on a wall.
What I really love is how this would work so well with other Bible study materials... you could do a page a day, four days a week of the Old Testament, and finish the overview in three weeks... and then have it displayed on the wall (like a wallpaper border) while you use whatever to study the O.T. during the remainder of the year. As you go, you'd have an easy reference to put things into a time perspective. Or the same would go for the New Testament (except if you do five days a week, it would only take two weeks).
Here's a screen shot from the Teacher book (not a full page-- the text includes the full "scroll"):
And the price is fabulous... right now, you can get the ebook set (teacher and student) for $8.20, or $16.40 to do the books for both Old and New Testaments. The physical copies are only slightly more. I love the ebook option, as I purchase it once and can print it for all my children. These sale prices are good through the end of January... after that, the price for the ebook set is closer to $10.
These sets are also a great way to get a feel for how a Grapevine Study works, without spending much. Just keep in mind that the actual Bible study programs also include memory work, mapping, some research using materials like a concordance, and review.
Right now, though, with the code JANFS, you can get free shipping through Jan. 31. With that, I'd be really tempted to purchase the hardcopy of the teacher books and get the ebooks for the student ones.
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