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Bible Bowl
« on: Thu Mar 22, 2007 - 18:23:35 »
I am not a fan of Bible Bowl, but somehow I keep getting roped into it.  The kids like to do it, but I don't see drilling as a particularly effective way of teaching the Bible.  So, I said if others wanted to do it (and they did), I'd help when I could, but my Wednesday night class wouldn't be devoted to it, since we were in the middle of something important....

yeah.  We studied Bible Bowl stuff last night.

Do others like/loathe Bible bowls?  At least these we're participating in are small and don't put as much pressure on the kids as the big ones, such as the one at OVU the same day as the one we're going to.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #1 on: Wed Mar 28, 2007 - 09:48:58 »
just so you know you are not alone.  I dont like Bible bowls.  I think understanding the Bible is so much more imprtant than most of teh facts that students have to recite to even be near winning a Bowl.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #2 on: Wed Mar 28, 2007 - 14:28:06 »
I never liked them because of the attitudes I saw but we went to one at our last fellowship and the attitude was good and teh support excellent and although maybe some of the information was not helpful it showed the importance of the Bible to those involved.

I guess I decided that the Bible Bowl wasn't the problem, just how the people treated them.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #3 on: Thu Mar 29, 2007 - 08:59:00 »
I did Bible Bowl 18 years ago, when I was 12. We studied 2 Samuel. Mom & Dad were the "coaches." They spent time making sure we understood the stories and the facts, and to this day I know and love 2 Sam better than any book in the Bible.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #4 on: Thu Mar 29, 2007 - 09:04:14 »
Loved it.  Won four years of scholarship to college through it.  Blessed me by enriching my mind with the word of God and providing for my schooling.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #5 on: Tue Apr 03, 2007 - 15:56:50 »
We do it here in Scufflegrit. As a matter of fact 28 different churches are involved in it in two different groupings. It is the Youth Program for most of the churches in this area.

I hate it, but our kids seem to like it, and they place 2nd a lot. (There is a big discussion as to whether the church that always places first cheats.)  ::doh::


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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #6 on: Sat Apr 21, 2007 - 15:58:34 »
Finished 2nd today, one point from first.  Details later.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #7 on: Sun Apr 22, 2007 - 16:13:13 »
When I have coached for Bible Bowl we did not fool with scripts of questions.

We went over the assigned book(s) verse by individual verse, "drilling" insofar as the kids having to think on their feet about each verse.

Like -- this section of Esther 2, for example -- we'd read through it first then rapidly discuss it --
...7And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
8So it was, when the king's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king's palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women...

I'd pace around the classroom and we'd roar through each verse.  I'd bring up the key points of the verses, more often than not finding some way to twist it so the kids would have to think and correct my "errors".

(Me) "And Monkey brought up Hamster --"

(Kids) "No!"

"No? It says right there in Esther 2, 'And Monkey brought up Hamster'!"

"Mordecai!  Mordecai brought up Hamster -- erm -- Hadassah!  Yeah, Hadassah"

"You sure?"

"Moredecai!  Hadassah!  Mordecai!  Hadassah!"

"You sure? I thought Mordecai brought up Esther!"

"He did!  Hadassah was her other name."

"Oh, OK!  So Moredecai brought up Hadassah or Esther because she was lying on the ground and needed to get up --"

"No! No! She had neither father nor mother!"

"Oh, OK.  I see.  Mordecai found this strange girl wandering about without her parents and he snatched her up -- "

"No!  NO!  She was his cousin!"

"(cue jaw-dropped shock) Now how did you know that?  You been studying again?!?""

"Look in verse 7 -- his uncle's daugher..."

"Oh!  OK, then.  Let's move along...  So then, Mordecai raised her -- 'the young woman was was lumpy and bumpy and'..."

"No way!  She was lovely and beautiful!"

"Yeah?  How do you know?"

"It says so in verse 7, see?"

"Oh, OK.  Then Mordecai killed her father and mother..."

"NO! No! They just died, OK?"

"(wiping sweat off brow) Oh, my goodness, I'm so glad!  Now look at verse 8... see it says 'When the king's complaining and whining were heard, because a couple of shy ugly old ladies were gathered at Cincinnatti the Citadel..."

"No!  No!  Look, in verse 8!"


"The king commanded, he issued a decree!"

"What? No whining and complaining?"

"Nope.  'Command and decree', chapter 2 verse 8."

"And no little old ladies?"

"Young women!"

"How many?"

"Many! It says!"

"Oh, OK... At Cincinnatti?"






"Oh!  I thought you were telling me to "shush"!  I was 'bout to get all offended, fellas!  OK, the girls were where?"

"At the Citadel.  At Shushan."

"OK -- and it says in verse 8 that Esther went there too -- and was under the care of Huggie the Janitor..."

"No!  Hegai.  The custodian."

"Not Huggie?  More like Hegg-Eigh-Eye?"


"The janitor."


"Oh.  So he wasn't there so much to clean Esther up, as to take care of her and watch out for her and stuff?  A custodian is like a caretaker? "


"But I thought Huggie was the janitor of the building!"

"No!  Hegai was the custodian of the WOMEN!"

"Wow!  You guys are Bible scholars or something, ain't you!"


So we'd go on like that.  "My" kids -- which were my kids some years, some years not -- always did well.  They would either take a high place -- which was nice -- or at least acquit themselves ver very well, having learned the material well.  Which was the main point.

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Re: Bible Bowl
« Reply #8 on: Mon Jan 14, 2008 - 09:59:05 »
Not a big fan of the Bible bowl.