I received an email from a friend this morning:
Hey, Anne, I have a question. Would your lesson plans be able to be applied to non-Torah-observant Christians? I was recommending you to a friend of ours from church who homeschools her son and wants to be able to add more Scripture to history and such. Do you think she’d like your curriculum?
I Think You’d Love It!
Yes, I personally think she’d like it. 😉 Honestly, it will use Scripture as the textbook. Old Testament, New Testament, all of it. It will go verse by verse. That’s really what we mean by “Torah Observant” anyway. Our goal is to do Bible things in Bible ways.
Interesting Fact: The word Torah is a Hebrew word meaning “instruction.” It carries the idea of an archer trying to shoot an arrow that hits its mark. In English, it is usually translated law, which doesn’t even begin to convey the beauty of the Hebrew word. Specifically, the Torah is another name for the Pentateuch, or the first 5 books of the Bible.
We ourselves were looking for a curriculum that was more than just fluff. We didn’t just want to copy verses that had the plan of salvation or good character qualities. We wanted to really dig in with our children and help them learn the whole Bible.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
There will be a few things that are specifically intended for Torah-observant families who are our main audience. The curriculum will use “YHWH” instead of “the LORD.” It’ll say Yeshua instead of Jesus. (Here’s a blog post I wrote that explains why.) We will mention Sabbath and biblical holidays (Leviticus 23) and include learning activities for those. The recipes and menus have only clean food (see Leviticus 11). Those are the main things, but I think a lot of Christians would like those things, too.