Catechism Level 3: Old Testament
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: 3+
Schedule: 1x / week, 55 min.
Section 1: Th 10:05 a.m. ET with Pres. Maria Koulianos
Section 2: Th 1:15 p.m. ET with Pres. Maria Koulianos
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We offer four levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 8 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.
The Bible tells us God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it is one story with a promise throughout: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Through this story,we learn who God is, who mankind is, how the world came to be, and how God worked through history to bring redemption to His people. Level 3 Catechism Old Testament will focus on telling this story from the beginning at Genesis.This is the first year in a two–year rotation on the Bible with the second rotation being Level 3 Catechism New Testament.
The first semester we will discuss and learn about the biblical narrative from Genesis to Ruth, starting at the beginning when sin came into the world. The first book presents the overarching Old Testament themes of the promises and power of God, recounted in simple, weekly stories. Students will follow along with God’s people, see how He leads them and keeps His promises, and learn how the stories of God’s people begin to point us to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ.
The second semester we will continue to follow the journey of God’s people as they become the nation of Israel. By chronologically studying the second half of the Old Testament from Samuel to Malachi, students will see how the God of Israel keeps and renews His covenant with His people. Students will also learn the ways in which the Old Testament forecasts the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. We will study various prophets in their contexts so their lives and words can be understood in relation to our own times as well as times to come.
Each chapter in our book series God’s Great Covenant includes the story of that week’s Bible verses, presented at a clear, elementary reading level, and a memory page with a Bible verse, key facts chart, and vocabulary. A thought–provoking “Who is God?” question encourages students to consider how to relate to God in their own lives.
- Notebook or Journal
- God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1 by Claire A. Larsen
- God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 2 by Claire A. Larsen
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos has been an educator for over 20 years, loving every minute, with vast experience in both public and private schools as a classroom teacher, in developing and implementing learning programs for students, and as an area administrator. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Indiana University with certifications in elementary education, 7/8 nondepartmental, language arts 1–9, and computer education K–12. She holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, where she wrote her thesis, “The Annunciation of the Theotokos from a Liturgical Perspective.” Presbytera Maria and her husband, Father Dionysios, live in the greater Boston area, where he is the priest of Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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