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Ancient Civilizations and the Old Testament Book List

Ancient World History Book List – Part 1
(Ancient Civilizations and the Old Testament)

I can’t think of a better way to bring history alive and make it meaningful & memorable, than with great books !   Curled up reading about the adventures of a child living in the shadow of the ancient pyramids or cooking up an ancient recipe for an afternoon snack for “History Class” has to be one of the best parts of homeschooling !

FREE Ancient World History Curriculum     stack of books and kid reading history book list 


If you’ve been following along with my Free Ancient World History Curriculum  posts, you may like to check out these book lists for each section.  These books are NOT required for these studies… they’re just my favorite resources (most I’ve personally used).  You will find the few required books for the curriculum included on each plan (start HERE).
I hope I will have saved you some time too, listing them all in one place.  🙂
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Section 1:  Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament   &  Book List
Section 2: Ancient Egypt  (includes Ancient China)    &  Book List
Section 3:  Ancient Greece   &   Book List
Section 4:  Ancient Rome   &  Book List
Section 5:  The Middle Ages   &  Book List 

*If you are continuing a chronological history cycle with American History, you can find this series here —>
Free Early American History Curriculum    and    Free Modern American History

*Early American History Books & Resources List
*Modern American History Books & Resources List

*Great Books & Resources for American History Unit Studies
(These go along with the American Girl Unit Studies, but have TONS of other resources as well.  You will also find a CHRISTMAS section with some super fun ideas for Holiday Homeschooling!)

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*Spine Texts for the Ancient History Units-

I used 2 main history texts as the spine for the entire Free Ancient World History Curriculum series-
A Child’s History of the World” by Virgil Hillyer (you’ll see it in the lessons as -> CHOW), and “The Story of the World” series by Susan Wise Bauer (abbreviated in the lessons- SOTW).   HOWEVER, these (and all the other books I listed) are just a suggestion.  You can use one of them, all of them, another text you already have, or none of them at all!  Each daily lesson has TONS of online reading links, hands-on project suggestions, and  other options to fully explore the given topic.


*Ancient Civilizations/ Old Testament Literature Ideas:


*In the Beginning
*The Truth Chronicles (Vol. 6 – The Ark)
(I haven’t read this series personally, but they sound really interesting, and
have great reviews! You may like to check out Volumes 1-5 as well…all would
fit in with this time in history!)
*Priceless Jewel at the Well
*The Laughing Princess in the Desert
*Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
*The Hittite Warrior

*Gilgamesh the Hero
*Gilgamesh Trilogy
*The Golden Goblet
*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls  (Book 1)
*Race to the Ark  (Book 2- same series as above)

*Ancient Civilizations & Old Testament Resource/Informational Books:



*Journey Through the Bible   (Surprised a bit, but my kids loved this book !)
*DK Mesopotamia
*Great Civilizations

*Food at the Time of the Bible: From Adam’s Apple to the Last Supper
*Science in Ancient Mesopotamia
*Life In Ancient Mesopotamia


*Activity Guides for Ancient Civilizations & OT:






*Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors
*Archeology for Kids , Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past
*Draw & Write Through History (Creation through Jonah)
*Family Guide to Biblical Holidays

*Old Testament Days- Kid’s Activity Guide
*History Pockets- Ancient Mesopotamia



*Movies & Games:

*Wooden Checkers Game   (invented in Ancient Ur!)
*The Game of Ur
*In the Beginning 
*Genesis: Paradise Lost   (I haven’t personally seen this movie)
*Drive Thru History 


*Fields of Daisies Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament Products*

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  *FREE Ancient Civilizations & OT History  Curriculum
    PDF Version

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*FREE Ancient Civilizations Printable History Cards


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**Looking for MORE ideas to make History FUN ?

Be sure to follow my  Ancient History Pinterest Boards too !
I will be adding the best of the best FREE ideas to them frequently.
* Ancient Civilizations Board
* Ancient Egypt Board
* Ancient Greece Board
* Ancient Rome Board
* Middle Ages Board

Hope this list is helpful ! 
I’d love to know what YOU are using too !
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Book List for Ancient World History Part 1


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