S: Abraham Goes to Egypt The Solomon Shelf™
BC: THE WILBUR AND HILDA GLENN INSTITUTE FOR PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE LEARNING The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning is pleased to support The Solomon Shelf™ project. The mission of the Glenn Institute is to provide transformative educational experiences that engage The Westminster Schools’ family and peer communities in philanthropy, active citizenship, and commitment to the common good. The Institute strives to create opportunities to nurture in students and adults a sense of commitment to help others in their community and to improve society for the betterment of all. Through this service learning project, students in Mrs. Solomon’s Old Testament Bible class have had the unique opportunity to integrate their classroom learning of Old Testament text with an identified community need. By rewriting this often obscure text into modern day adaptations, they hope to widen the level of biblical literacy in young people and reinforce reading skills. Service learning became the vehicle by which students realized their potential for creativity and innovation, their desire to question and seek new answers to old problems, and their willingness to be engaged citizens. In short, it gave real purpose to their learning and living in today’s dynamic world. Like the Westminster student authors and editors of these books, the Glenn Institute likes to imagine the many different hands into which these books will find their way. The students’ goal was to develop a series of Bible stories that would elevate, educate, and empower others to live daily lives guided by their faith. The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning hopes The Solomon Shelf™ project touches readers’ hearts and minds across the world.
1: Abraham Goes to Egypt A Retelling of Genesis 12:1-20 Text and images by Savannah Borders, Chris Greenberg, Austin Joel, and Katherine Kerman Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Connor Hinkes, Garrett Prantil, Caroline Lingle, Hallie Guyton, Max Linkon, and Olivia Roberts First Graders in Karen Anderson's, Leigh Anne Schlafly's, and Ami Kadaba's 2008-2009 Class The Westminster Schools Special Thanks to The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning The Westminster Schools 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327 United States of America The Solomon Shelf™ is a series of retellings of Bible stories for children Copyright 2009 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
3: In the faraway land of Ur, a very long time ago, there lived a man named Abraham.
4: He lived with his wife, Sarah, and everyday he took care of his sheep and his crops.
5: One night when he was sitting in the fields, Abraham saw a light in the sky. Then God came down from heaven and spoke to him.
7: He said, “Abraham, I have chosen you. I want you to take your family and move to another land. I will bless you and your family and give you land to live on. Look at the stars. Your children will be as numerous as the stars in the sky”.
8: So Abraham trusted the Lord and packed up his things. He and his family left Ur and started their journey to God’s Promised Land.
10: On their way, they stopped in Egypt for food and drink. Abraham was nervous to go into Egypt because he knew his wife was very beautiful. He was afraid that she would be taken away from him.
11: He pulled Sarah aside and told her, “Since you are so beautiful, tell Pharaoh that I am your brother so that we are not separated.” So when they were greeted by Pharaoh, she told him that she was his sister.
13: But since Pharaoh thought that Sarah and Abraham were not married, he asked Sarah to be his wife. Abraham was very upset and asked God why he had let this happen. He had never considered this possibility.
14: God then replied, “Why were you not obedient? You did not trust that I would take care of you so you lied to Pharaoh. You took things into your own hands. Do you not know that I am God, and I am always here for you? Trust in me, and I will never let you down.”
15: But God forgave Abraham and made Pharaoh send Abraham and Sarah away. They got their things and prepared to leave together.
16: Abraham and Sarah continued on their way to the Promised Land, and Abraham now knew that God would be there for him every step of the way.
18: Sight Words Used in Abraham Goes to Egypt Pre-Primer a, and, away, down, for, go, I, in, look, not, one, said, the, to, up, we, you Primer am, are, at, be, but, came, have, he, into, now, on, saw, she, so, that, there, they, this, want, was, will, with 1st Grade as, by, every, from, give, had, her, him, his, let, live, of, take, then, were, when 2nd Grade because, goes, made, tell, their, very, why, would, your 3rd Grade light, long, never, together Nouns brother, children, man, night, sister, thing, time, way
19: The Writers and Illustrators with the Editors
20: “The Solomon Shelf™” “The Solomon Shelf™” is an idea which developed during one of my Old Testament classes during the second semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. As we were reading the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel aloud one class period, one of my students said, “You should read that to your daughter.” I replied, "There are no pictures.” Another student suggested, “We can draw the pictures!” I said, “The text is a little complicated.” My students said, “We can rewrite it!” And from there a series of books which my students entitled “The Solomon Shelf™” was born. While we were not able to complete the project that semester, I want to say “Thank You!” to this group of students who had the foresight and innovation to lay the foundation for this project. “Thank you” Baylor Banks, Hilliard Burton, Forrest Cobb, Shelby Dover, Monique Gilmore, Jeremy Godsell, Anna Greene, Mary Zack H'Doubler, Lillian Haas, Sam Higgins, Julia Marshall, William Morgan, and CiCi Reid. Without you all, “The Solomon Shelf™” would not exist, and therefore would not benefit the many elementary students for whom biblical literacy and literacy as a whole is the key to unlock the world. Kay F. Solomon Department of Biblical Studies The Westminster Schools Atlanta, Georgia