The Old Testament Name Game Cards

I don’t really consider this a “game” — at least not the way it was taught to me — but I have created these cards to teach the chronology of the Old Testament peoples.

Here’s how it was taught to me. Write the following on the board:

Adam
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(6 chapters later)
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Noah
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(6 chapters later)
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Abram/Abraham
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two sons, Issac and Ishmael
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Jacob/Israel
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twelve sons, one of whom was Judah

Now you add this information to the chart:

Adam
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(6 chapters later)
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Noah —- Semites
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(6 chapters later)
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Abram/Abraham —- Hebrew
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two sons, Issac and Ishmael
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Jacob/Israel —– Israelites
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twelve sons, one of whom was Judah —- Jews

Teach the class that descendants of Noah’s son Shem are called Semites (Shemites). Abraham was called Abraham the Hebrew after a geographical area. It’s kind of like saying “Abraham from Over Yonder”. His descendants are Hebrews. The sons of Jacob, renamed Israel, are Israelite. The rest of the bible after the Exodus is primarily concerned with one group, the Jews. Jew is a nickname for descendant of Judah.

Now you ask, are all Jews Semites? Are all Semites Jews?

Are all Israelites Jews? All Jews Israelites?

Are all Hebrews Jews?

You get the idea. The purpose of the “game” is to help students understand how these people are grouped and related.

My cards have this information along with some other chronological information and more names, going down to Moses. The kids can order all this information in order as a “game”. All of the information on the colored word strips can be culled if you want to focus in on just the genealogy. Or scrap the names for a kind of chronology.

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