An introductory study of the life of Jesus Christ and His teachings to guide learning readers in scriptural reading and educate them in the foundational gospel elements.
Conveniently presented in a B&W book or pamphlet series for students to personalize, the simple gospel texts, followed by questions, prayers and illustrations rooted in the Church's history of art translate ancient truths in a way modern youth can understand to form a relevant view of the gospel today.
It is supported by a range of pedagogies* that may be adapted to the students' creative modes of understanding in becoming self-extending Bible readers and in reasoning from truth to experience to shape a life of faith.
*See Resource page.
'The texts of the gospel are given in short, readable sentences, suitable for students just learning to read. The texts included in these pages present the entire arc of the story of Jesus, and do so in a way that simulates the literary movement of the unabridged texts.
Another deeply traditional aspect of the curriculum is the artwork, designed and selected to accompany each passage. The publisher researched ancient Christian iconography and fresco painting in commissioning these plates. Medieval Christian art often showed not just figures and scenes, but movement. This is a way of showing a text that is “living and active” and that calls the hearer to active responses.
The Love of Jesus can be used in both secular and religious classrooms as well as at home. The passages refrain from stepping outside the gospel texts and offering moral injunctions beyond Christ’s own words to young readers to “go and do likewise.”
These prayers have been crafted in a way that allows the reader to ask God to become in her or his life what God was for the characters in the gospels. The Love of Jesus offers students the practice of reading the text not just for facts or even for “application,” but rather in a way that places the reader inside the stories and allows him or her to encounter Christ in what she reads.'
(Taken from A Note to Christian Educators by Anthony D. Baker, Professor of Theology, Seminary of the Southwest)
“Effective Christian teaching is not a matter of putting forth one curriculum over another; it is rather the setting forth of the Truth in a form all persons can grasp. The Gospels were written in a way that the Truth can stand on its own, and there is a need to present that Truth to our children by letting them read and understand the Good News for themselves. The Love of Jesus Bible Reader Series is designed and authorized for their reading and I hope you will utilize the series to reach these young Christians.”
Maurice M. Benitez, sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas 1991
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