The History Behind the 20th Century Sunday School Teacher Style
There was a time when Sunday School was a questionable thing. Its beginnings were more of an effort to fill the educational needs of the very young workers of England, with Scripture tucked in where appropriate. Yet over time, it became a movement focused on teaching through the Scriptures.
By the twentieth century, many, if not most churches had a Sunday School. Classes were usually arranged by age group, both for children and adults, and were taught by both men and women.
While special Sunday School programs and lessons were often used, there was a great need for Bibles that contained notes, concordances, maps, thumb tabs, and other Bible helps. Many publishers picked up on this need and began making Bibles designed for teaching. The Sunday School teacher often had little formal Bible training, and heavily depended on these Bible helps. For many Sunday School teachers, the classroom was not just a place to teach, but rather a place to share with others what God had been teaching them.
While today’s Sunday School is often called Children’s Church or Youth Group, and a teacher’s Bible is called a Study Bible, there is still great reward for the layman who simply teaches the Word of God. We hope our cover design for the 20th Century Sunday School Teachers Bible represents the simplicity of that era and honors the men and women who put their hearts into preparing those weekly lessons.
“And the things that thou has heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” ~II Timothy 2:2