Updated: May 25
Bible Quest began in 2014 and is now in its third edition. From time to time, people have had opportunities to purchase used editions, and so the question naturally arises: what are the differences between the three editions of Bible Quest?
The first edition released in April 2014 included a three-hole punched curriculum book, some laminated game cards, several laminated 8.5x11 maps, and an acapella listening CD for the verse songs. The system included the four Big Questions, the Big Bible Story Song, the Four Big Questions (Who, What, When, and Where), the Why? section, the dialectic activity for each week, and Deeper Questions for discussion for students in the rhetoric phase of development. It only included 40 weeks of material from the Old Testament.
The second edition was released the next summer, including both the Old and New Testament kits. Both kits included a review card deck, a newly recorded listening CD with accompaniment, and a three-hole punched book. There was also a laminated 11x17 map that accompanied each kit. In terms of the memorized repertoire, there were virtually no changes from the Old Testament first edition, though a few minor errors were fixed. Shortly after the second edition was released, we also made an acapella, KJV only version available.
In the third edition the books are now bound, the CDs have been rerecorded with professional singing and accompaniment, the cards have been made smaller (to the industry standard poker-size) and made to focus on only the WHO content while adding 12 new cards with things like the Books of the Bible and Timeseals. Inside the curriculum itself, the Trivium ‘roads’ (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric) were given names to help with the process: Equip, Empower, and Expedition. While the first and second editions included materials for dialectic and rhetorical phase learning, the third edition much expanded and fleshed out these two parts of the Classical model. This allows for much better application to students that 1) have mastered the memorization or 2) are working on the memorization but are also developmentally ready for next steps.