helps you teach these important stories
in an interactive, music infused, discussion-starting, ~ life applying way.
As the program opens, your students sweep in over the desert to the tune of “I Heard a Voice Today” –following Abraham and Sarah on their way to the land of Canaan. Students then come circling into “The Scriptorium” somewhere in the hills of Canaan.
Inside the Scriptorium, a large Navigation Console rises up with five distinct learning areas and four additional learning activities to choose from.
Originally released on CD, this program available now as a download!
Five major learning areas to explore:
I. The Giving of the Covenant
II. Sarah and Abraham’s Visitors
III. The Near-Sacrifice of Isaac
IV. Insane Fanat-asy (What will others say about me?)
V. Pay It Forward (A “living out the call” take-home activity)
Plus… there are four additional interactive learning activities:
1. Scripture text – scrollable NRSV text of the stories for further study.
2. Interactive Middle East Map game -kid friendly. Helps them see connection between then and now.
3. Interactive Timeline -helps students see where the story fits into the Bible and Church timeline.
4. Abraham & Sarah Quiz –a two-player camel race to see how much they remember!
If you have several computers, the kids can do the driving. If you have one computer, the teacher can show the program’s contents like a cool presentation — stopping to talk about the questions being posed on screen.
View a small video montage of various scenes, activities, and audio snippets from our Abe software:
This program is strong on telling the story, and on Life Application for today’s young people.
EACH of the first four learning areas are complete lessons in themselves -with open/dig/reflect content.
The Stories and Activities can be used separately -or in sequence. You can selectively get through the progam in one 45-60 minute class time, or approach various content area over a period of hours or several class times.
Some material is more suitable for older students, but there’s plenty for all ages. Non-readers will need assistance, but will enjoy the creative interface and animation. Each area is full of interactive study notes, a variety of multimedia presentations, and questions to locate and discuss. In other words… lots of places to stop and talk.
Click a Tab to open up highlights of the program’s major learning areas…
I. THE COVENANT
…an animated and narrated retelling of how God established the Covenant with Abraham and all generations. God’s voice heard in the opening animation was created by blending together several young people’s voices. An interactive menu (seen right) shows Abraham in the desert with the nighttime sky rolling over head, and the smoking fire pot and torch passing over his offering (Genesis 15). Each clickable “star word” reveals a short animation and question.
Theme: God chooses us to be his people.
“There is a land I know, where the nations come and they go,
I’ll plant your people there, to show the world I care, O it’s true.”
Click the play button to hear a short audio clip of “I Heard a Voice Today” …the opening theme song to the program.
All the lyrics in Abraham and Sarah software are designed to teach concepts and create opportunities for discussion. You can access them within the program or get back to them using the music player at the end of the program.
II. Sarah’s Strange Visitors and Her Laughter
Sarah has a major section in the program –her encounter with the Angels & God outside her tent. You’ll see and hear Sarah narrate the story and see it unfold in animation beside her. Students will then have the opportunity to hear Sarah’s thoughts on several subjects, such as, why she laughed at God. Questions are included for follow-up.
Theme: Sarah’s expectant happiness and hope is our hope too.
“Sarah, we can see it in your eyes… a world of hope, from your family will arise.” (from Sarah’s Song)
If they choose, students can also see a short animated song titled “Sarah” and reflect on the lyrics. This “songlet” was written to convey God’s global purpose in establishing the Covenant with Abraham and Sarah.
III. The Near Sacrifice of Isaac
We sensitively retell this essential Abraham story through narrated animation, and an amazing 3-D music video that incorporates children and youth into the story as “witnesses.”
After the music video, students are given several options to follow up…
The animation, music, and effects help students dig into “why” God put Abraham and Sarah to the test, and points to the theological connection of this story to that of Christ’s sacrifice. Our 3-D animated altar scene is based on the actual archaeology of worship sites in and around Canaan during the time of Abraham where stones were set up to commemorate and serve as a “witness.” Go to our Abraham Software Resource Page to learn about the historical and archaeological basis for our spectacular 3-D re-creation of Abraham’s altar.
The song “O Father Abraham” was written for this program to help students understand Abraham’s obedience and God’s purposes. It is performed by country recording artist, Eric Dove.
“O Father Abraham…..Did you believe enough in this God of visions?
What was in your heart at the moment of decision?
“O Father Abraham, see this sacrifice …reveals the heart of God, it foretells the Christ. One world stopping, a new one just begun. No more death, in the rising of the Son…”
IV. “Insane Fanat-asy” …is our provocative title for a great activity!
“Insane Fanat-asy” is a rock ‘n roll music video & reflection activity. It asks the question “How about you?” …What are you being called to? Where will you let your faith take you? What might people say about you if you told them you were turning your life over to God?
The song lyrics come from a young person’s real life experience: “I know what they’re saying about me…’throwing it all away’ ….a temporary form of insane fanat-asy, he’ll come ’round some day.” After watching the music video, students type responses to a series of questions which appear on the screen. These can be printed for discussion. They can also be viewed later by other classes to see what other students at their church are thinking about their faith.
Insane Fanatasy’s activity and song encourage students to think about how Abraham and Sarah’s crazy journey and example of obedience can strengthen their own. This area is particularly well-suited to older children and youth.
V. Pay it Forward
Pay It Forward is the final learning area your students can launch into from the Scriptorium. It is a printable life-application page that walks your students through a creative and fun way to demonstrate how the fruits of the Covenant can be passed on to others. Includes printable activity and completion certificate for using the Abraham software.
MORE ABOUT THE BONUS CONTENT & ACTIVITIES
Also found on the “SCRIPTORIUM” Navigational Console is an interactive kid-friendly MIDDLE EAST MAP & MAP MATCHING GAME. In the map matching game, students drag the correct modern names onto the correct location. When they do, another brief learning area appears with discussion options.
Seen Below…. An INTERACTIVE TIMELINE of Bible History hotspots helps students put the Abraham story in context.
STORY QUIZ GAME
The Study Console includes an Abraham and Sarah Story Quiz —a one or two person quiz that reviews the basics of the program’s content and its meaning. Themed as a one or two person desert camel race.
Click the Study Console to read the stories in the NRSV version.
Music & Music Design
This software rocks! Abraham & Sarah features four “songlets” specially written for each story to both summarize and reflect on each story’s meaning. They are combined with terrific animation, video, and special effects to get your students talking about “what they mean.” The Lyrics are part of the learning/life-application content in each section and are also found in the Study Guide. The music videos can be viewed in their story section, or played back in any order in the Music Player.
- See our “O Father Abraham” reflection video posted on Youtube.
- Hear Music Clips from the program.
- View the lyrics and background notes on our songs.
Age Range: 8 through adult.
Younger kids will enjoy parts of the program with help.
Minimum: 1.4 ghz, 1.5 mb ram
Windows 8/10 users, see our Windows tweaks.
Important Tech Tip for Abraham and Sarah!
- Be sure you have the latest version of Quicktime for Windows installed on your PC in order for Abe’s menus and videos to run.
- If you want to make the Abe program window appear bigger on your monitor, you will need “scale” (zoom) your display by selecting the SCALING option in your Windows Display Properties. It’s easy to do! See this article below…
The First First Family lesson plans. View Neil’s 4 to 7 Week Rotation Style lesson set for “The First First Family”
This free lesson set includes two computer lab lessons, videos, game and an art project.
Go to our Abraham and Sarah Resource Page for the following additional resources:
More about using this program with very young children and teens.
View a brief outline with a listing of all the program’s discussion questions.
Read about the archaeological research that went into constructing the Sacrifice lesson.
- Read about the 4 songs and lyrics custom created for this program and Hear Music Clips.
Abraham & Sarah Reviews
Mark Perry at First Presbyterian, Spring Hill Kansas writes:
What’s our favorite program? All of your software programs have something unique which draws the kids into the story. Which is why we keep coming back. My daughter and I have been teaching with the computers for almost 5 yrs and we both love Abraham and Sarah. The music and songs really helps keep the kids focused on the story.
Pam from the Presbyterian Church in Mercer Pa wrote:
Neil, I just went through the whole Abe program. WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! It has everything: neat effects, graphics, music, color, a game, and even enough “teacher stuff” to keep us teachers happy. It was a big success. I shared it with the other teacher Friday and her daughter played it at home, loved it and wanted to play the map game and quiz over and over and still wanted to be right on the computer in class today. The little brother liked it too. With Abraham and Sarah it was so nice to have materials that are designed intentionally for a computer lab. Thank you. Will look forward to the next ones too.
Doris Popp, a Presbyterian Christian educator in Plano Texas had this to say:
The wonderful opening will get the attention of the children and “pull them in” before the lesson even begins. Everything about the Covenant section is “eye opening” – this multimedia approach will even reach (down to) even 1st and 2nd graders. Regarding the angel’s visit with Sarah section – all I can say is WONDERFUL! And the Pay it Forward Certificate activity is a great idea.
Thomas J. Cook, a Southern Baptist Sunday School Computer Lab teacher in Gahanna Ohio had this to say:
Really all excellent. The navigation is simple, intuitive…. Excellent value and resource for leading children to learn, appreciate and apply this Biblical story. Great job!
Karen H at FUMC, Bur. VT wrote:
I used your Abraham and Sarah software last Sunday to teach a 1st – 3rd grade class. This group tends to be a bit active and all of the active kids were in church on Sunday — not to mention two visitors. I was a little worried that this lesson would not go over well. Wow, I was wrong! The kids listened to the different parts and totally enjoyed the music. The two adults in the room both grew up in the 70s and 80s so we really enjoyed the music as well! The questions in the program sparked some great conversations. When we got to the sacrifice section I was really glad that we were all viewing it at the same time. Next week I have the 4th and 5th graders and I think this will work great with them too. Thanks for this great software.
Jaymie Derden, State St. UMC, Bristol TN said:
I just had to let you know how very impressed I am with the Abraham and Sarah software you have created. It is so amazing! The music is wonderful! The teacher guide is the best you have ever done. It made my job of pullin g together the lesson a piece of cake. I wish we could spend the entire 4 week rotation just in the computer lab! I may let my older kids schedule a time to come back just so they can do more. It is all so good, I just couldn’t decide what to leave out!
Wendy Sempf, Lab Teacher at Gloria Dei Lutheran, Rochester MN writes:
We used the Abraham software today in our class. The kids were having a blast and even filling out their worksheets. When they got to the music on Sarah’s Song I had two boys using their pencils as drum sticks. One was our youth minister’s son. It was great to have them excited about a program and only one wanted to know when we got to the games. LOL 🙂