S: King David and the Rich Boy: A Parable 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.
FC: King David and the Rich Boy: A Parable
1: King David and the Rich Boy: A Parable A Retelling of 2 Samuel 11-12 Text and images by Kylar Dietrich, Gardner Fiveash, Matthew Hennessey, Lucy McGinnis, and Luke Telljohann, Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2009-2010 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Grace Hardymon, Ethan Jones, Benjamin Montag, Mary Emily Morgan, and Rohan Shiknis First Graders in Sara Chapman’s and Barbara Hauptfuhrer’s 2009-2010 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 2010 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
2: King David the Lion was king of all the jungle animals. The jungle animals were at war with the hyenas.
3: One day, King David saw Penny the Peacock bathing in the pond.
4: David thought Penny the Peacock was very pretty. He asked her to marry him. But she said, “I am married to Terry the Tiger. He is at war fighting the hyenas.”
5: David knew he couldn’t marry Penny the Peacock when she was already married to Terry the Tiger, so he decided to get Terry killed.
6: David the Lion sent Terry the Tiger to the front of the army, where the hyenas would surely kill him.
7: Terry the Tiger was killed by the hyenas. Penny the Peacock was sad, but King David married her anyway.
8: God was upset that King David used his power to get Terry the Tiger killed and to marry Penny the Peacock. He sent Nathan the Owl to David to tell him a story that teaches a lesson, called a parable.
9: Nathan told David a story. He said, "There once was a rich boy who had lots of toys and animals."
11: "There was also a poor boy who had only one turtle."
12: "The poor boy visited the rich boy. The rich boy took the poor boy's turtle, leaving the poor boy with nothing."
15: When David heard this story he was mad. He said, "The rich boy is terrible! He deserves to die." But Nathan said, "David, you are the rich boy!"
16: David was selfish to want to marry Penny the Peacock when she was already married to Terry the Tiger. God punished David for taking what wasn't his.
17: The moral of the story is don't be greedy by taking what isn't yours.
18: Sight Words Used in King David and the Rich Boy: A Parable | a, all, and, are, as, at, away, be, because, but, by, came, come, did, done, for, from, get, had, he, her, him, his, I, in, is, much, of, once, one, only pretty, said, saw, say, she, so, that, the, there, this, to, up, use, very, walk, want, was, were, what, when, where, who, with, would, you
19: The Writers, Illustrators, and Editors
20: “The Solomon Shelf” “The Solomon Shelf” is an idea which developed in 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