Sunday School Lesson 910 What were the Hebrew and Greek original manuscripts?


Sunday school lesson by Karen Cox

Verse Center: 2 Timothy 3:16; All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness.

Review Center: Use game from previous lesson...

 “Wrap Ups“: Directions: Cut card stock up into 8 ½ x 3 2/3 “ sizes. On top left side half write “Acts 20:27, one inch under that write; 1 Corinthians 2:14, 1”under that write; C… 2 Timothy 2:15... Acts 17:11... T…. 1 Corinthians 2:13... L to the bottom. On the right side write on top (1“ under each write next one) : total mention, whole counsel, searched, literally, natural man, comparing, context, & study. Staple a 2 foot (’) long piece of heavy string or yarn to the top of the cardstock near where it says Acts 20:27. With a paper punch or scissors make a notch on the right side of the card near each word, for 8 notches. On left side make 7 notches near the verse references on the edge, starting with 1 Corinthians 2:14. Wrap the yarn around the card stock matching the reference to the word it represents. Look up each reference to get it right this first time. Turn the card over and mark lines where the yarn is with a pen- this is a self correcting check for the next time you try to match them. Take the yarn off and try to match them up again without checking the back. Check the back when you’re all done. This helps to memorize 2 related items.

Visual Aids: Go to Online Bible and print off the Hebrew version of Psalm 12:6,7 and the Greek version of 2 Peter 1:21. Make a large copy of the Hebrew words: “thou shalt preserve them” words of Psalm 12:7 and the Greek words of “holy men of God spake as they were moved”.

Aims: The students will be able to make the necessary Hebrew and Greek words of the above verses. All students will memorize the whole verse 2 Timothy 3:16


What were the Hebrew and Greek originals?

The Old Testament was mostly written in the Hebrew language, what the Jewish people spoke for the most part. The scribes were very meticulous about getting each letter right. Moses wrote the first 5 books, then Joshua, Samuel, King David, Solomon, some other Kings, and many more prophets wrote their books. Ezra compiled all the Old Testament together by 400 BC.

The New Testament text we read in our English Bible is based on the original Greek correspondence and writings from the Apostles of the 1st century. The original parchments that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and Jude wrote have not been found. But faithful copies and translations were made and God preserved them perfectly for us. Many corruptions by cults and religions have been made but God’s persecuted church kept making copies and handing them down and the Gates of Hell could not prevail against it.

The Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646, made after the King James was first written says: “The New Testament in Greek being immediately inspired by God and by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical: so as in all controversies of religion the church is finally to appeal to them…. But because these original languages are not known to all people of God who have right unto and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar [everyday] languages of every nation unto which they come, that the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.”

Materials for Art: Scroll page from a master. Brown construction paper. Pencil, master to copy from with Hebrew and Greek words.

Art Project Directions: Copy the Hebrew and Greek words from the master that the teacher gives you and write the English words under them on the Scroll page. The Hebrew words go from right to left side of the page, and the Greek from left to right side of page as in English. Cut the scroll out and glue it to the brown construction paper.