Essential Bible Stories

A collection of key passages from the Bible that give a grounding in the story of the Christian faith, as selected in the booklet, Raising Children of Faith – A Parents’ Guide by Sylvia Sweeney (Forward Movement Publications, 2002)

The links below open each passage in the oremus Bible Browser. From there, you can explore the text further and print it out in a variety of formats.

  1. The First Creation Story (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
  2. The Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:4-3:24)
  3. The Flood (Genesis 6:11-9:17)
  4. The Visitation to Sarah and Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)
  5. Joseph and the Coat (Genesis 37)
  6. Joseph and the Dreams (Genesis 39-41)
  7. Joseph’s Offering Refuge (Genesis 42-46)
  8. The Baby in the Bulrushes (Exodus 1:1-2:10)
  9. The Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-4:17)
  10. The 10 plagues (Exodus 5:1-12:36)
  11. The Parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-14:31)
  12. Miriam’s Song of Triumph (Exodus 15:1-21)
  13. Manna in the Wilderness (Exodus 15:22-16:36)
  14. The Giving of the Covenant (Exodus 19:1-34:35)
  15. The Entrance Into the Promised Land (Joshua 1-3)
  16. The story of Samson (Judges 13-16)
  17. Deborah (Judges 4-5)
  18. Samuel and Eli (1 Samuel 3)
  19. David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
  20. Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 18-20)
  21. Elijah and the Followers of Baal (1 Kings 18)
  22. Elijah and the Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19)
  23. Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2)
  24. Elisha Works Miracles (2 Kings 4 & 5)
  25. Ruth
  26. Queen Esther
  27. The Babylonian Captivity (Daniel 1:1-7)
  28. Dry Bones Story (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
  29. Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6)
  30. Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego (Daniel 3)
  31. Jonah
  32. The Rebuilding of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8)
  33. The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20)
  34. The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:1-22)
  35. The calling of Peter, John, James (Luke 5:1-11)
  36. The Call of Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13)
  37. The Healing of the Paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)
  38. The Healing of Jairus’ Daughter (Luke 8:40-56)
  39. The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
  40. Jesus Blesses the Children (Mark 10:13-16)
  41. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
  42. The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32)
  43. Dives and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
  44. Banquet Parables (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:15-24)
  45. Mustard Seed, Yeast, Lost Coin (Matthew 13:31-33, Luke 15:8-10)
  46. The Sermon on the Mount/Plain (Matthew 5-7, Luke 6:20-49)
  47. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40)
  48. I am the Bread of Life (John 6:25-59)
  49. I am the Light of the World (John 8:12-20)
  50. I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)
  51. I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:17-27)
  52. I am the Vine (John 15:1-17)
  53. Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-19)
  54. Jesus and the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)
  55. Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
  56. Loaves and Fishes (John 6:1-13)
  57. Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
  58. The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
  59. Jesus’ Death (Matthew 27)
  60. Jesus’ Resurrection (John 20:1-23)
  61. The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
  62. Thomas (John 20:19-29)
  63. Jesus’ Appearance at the Lake (John 21)
  64. The Ascension/Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53)