Bible History
Tutor: Katie Rehmann
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 1

Description: In this Bible History class, students will gain Biblical, historical, cultural, and archeological insights into how people in Bible times understood God's and Jesus' teaching. They will gain increased awareness of Scripture's significance for their lives today. The class will include video, lecture, class discussion, and Biblical analysis.

Each week students will view an approximately 30-minute fascinating and informative Faith Lessons video by Ray Vanderlaan, filmed in the Holy Land and Middle East. They will participate in a lecture and class discussion and dive into God's Word. The video series (see information below) is produced in conjunction with Focus on the Family. Samples of lessons include: Early Church, Dust of the Rabbi, Path to the Cross, Walking with God in the Desert, Cultures in Conflict, Clash of Kingdoms, Israel's Mission, Mission of Jesus, Death and Resurrection of the Messiah, and more.

Video Series Information: 

About Ray Vanderlaan (from ): Since receiving his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1976, Vanderlaan has been actively involved in studying and teaching Jewish culture. He continued his graduate work in Jewish studies in the United States, Israel, Turkey, and Egypt. He has been a teacher for over 35 years and is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church. Vanderlaan is the author of the book, Echoes of His Presence, published by Focus on the Family. He founded That the World May Know Ministries in 1998. He has taken over 10,000 people on his study tours of Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. His preaching and teaching ministry is focused on understanding the Bible in light of the historical and cultural context in which God placed it. This perspective on the Bible highlights God's call for His people to be a transforming influence on their culture. He uses research of the top scholars in the fields of archaeology, history, and Biblical study as tools to explore the Biblical context more deeply. The archaeological discoveries revealed in this series provide even more reason to believe in the Bible. The videos are filmed in Israel and the Middle East where Bible events actually took place. Vanderlaan weaves together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal insights into Biblical teaching and its significance for believers and their walk.

*Parents can view a Faith Lesson on YouTube by following the link below, where Ray Vanderlaan provides a sample of some of his videos:


Tutor: Katie Rehmann received her B.A. from University of Northwestern, St. Paul, with a double major in Bible as well as psychology in 1994. She received a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997 . She has been married for 27 years, has four children, and will gain a daughter-in-law in October! While her primary job has been homeschooling the children, Katie occasionally practices as an occupational therapist in subacute care settings. She has enjoyed serving her local church teaching 4-7th grade girls and ministering with music. She also relished facilitating an abbreviated version of this Bible History course to homeschool students in her area. Katie is fascinated by Biblical history and how it enables the Bible to come "alive" for the participants. She finds that diving into the Word and its history deepens her relationship with Jesus. It is her prayer that the Lord will use this class to encourage and inspire students in their walk with Him.

Cost:  $200 per semester
: Grades 7-12
Prerequisites: None
Homework: approximately 1-2 hours per week