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Bible anagrams

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The following classroom quiz involves working out a series of anagrams of different Bible books. It could be a simple way into a lesson on the range and type of books that the Bible contains.

Bible anagrams

Introduction

Anagrams have always been part of the regular diet of puzzles and crosswords. The following classroom quiz involves working out a series of anagrams of different Bible books. It could be a simple way into a lesson on the range and type of books that the Bible contains.

Preparation

You will need to enlarge the Biblegrams below on to A4 or A3 card and put them up around the room. Groups could work as teams with a pen and paper, within a pre-arranged time limit, to identify each Bible book. First give them an opportunity to read through all 66 books as listed on the contents page of a Bible. You may decide that it might also be necessary to have an enlarged central list available for them to refer to during the game.

Development

Give some simple examples of anagrams so that the class understands what it is being asked to do. Set them going to solve the following:

  1. used ox
  2. hi, mac
  3. O, I had B.A.
  4. coins a loss
  5. to my hit
  6. me, Saul
  7. metal nations
  8. O, Sam
  9. no Oslo fogs on ‘M’
  10. cats
  11. sew herb
  12. money due to ‘R’
  13. Ben’s rum
  14. threes
  15. Mt. Wheat
  16. hurt
  17. raze
  18. I select cases
  19. a shoe
  20. shines on a salt

Another approach to this quiz would be to have several sets of the anagrams and the answers copied and given to teams to pair up correctly. Include some extra books that are not answers in order to test and confuse them! Why not keep one of the anagrams back as a tie-breaker for those groups that finish quickly?

Can the children think of any more anagrams for the books that were not used?

Answers to the anagrams:

  1. Exodus
  2. Micah
  3. Obadiah
  4. Colossians
  5. Timothy
  6. Samuel
  7. Lamentations
  8. Amos
  9. Song of Solomon
  10. Acts
  11. Hebrews
  12. Deuteronomy
  13. Numbers
  14. Esther
  15. Matthew
  16. Ruth
  17. Ezra
  18. Ecclesiastes
  19. Hosea
  20. Thessalonians

 

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