How to Play
Players stand in a circle.
Give the ball to the youngest player.
The player holding the ball shouts the first book of the Bible (Genesis) before tossing it to another player. That player must catch the ball and shout the next book (Exodus) before tossing it to yet another player…
Some general rules:
1. No speaking unless you have the ball.
2. If the player holding the ball can’t name the next book within 10 seconds, start over with “Genesis”. (For younger players, you can simply provide the answer and carry on.)
3. If the ball drops, start over with “Genesis”.
4. No tossing back and forth between any 2 players.
5. Every player must have at least 3 turns (of catching the ball and naming the next book), unless you are playing with more than 20 players.
1. If you are using a bouncy ball, you can let it bounce once between players.
2. Instead of standing in a circle, you can sit down. Roll the ball instead of tossing it.
3. Divide into teams; time how quickly each team can name all 66 books of the Bible. The fastest team wins.
Bible Lesson – Books of the Bible
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Which was easier? Catching the ball or saying the name of the next book of the Bible?
The Bible is not one single book, but a collection of 66 smaller books that tell one unified story.
These 66 books of the Bible are organized into sections.
Being familiar with how the Bible is organized helps us remember the correct order of the 66 books of the Bible.
3. The Bible is divided into two main parts. What are the names of these parts?
4. What are some differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament?
5. How are the 39 books of the Old Testament organized?
6. What are the 5 sections of the Old Testament called?
7. How would you describe each of these 5 sections?
8. How are the 27 books of the New Testament organized?
9. What are these 5 sections called?
10. How would you describe each of these 5 sections?
11. How important is it for us to know the organization of the Bible into the various sections that we have just discussed?
Being familiar with the 66 books of the Bible and how they are organized helps us more quickly locate specific passages in the Bible. More importantly, knowing which section of the Bible a passage is taken from gives us an idea of its genre and helps us understand the passage better.