Two weeks ago, hundreds of young Bible scholars gathered in Tennessee to compete in the 2012 National Bible Bee, an annual event where $260,000 in prize money was up for grabs.
According to the Christian Post, the fourth annual Bible Bee was held in Sevierville, Tenn., where 300 qualifiers from across the U.S. competed in events designed to test their knowledge of Scripture.
This year the Bible Bee focused on 1st and 2nd Timothy – letters written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus.
At the local level, contestants had thoroughly studied 2 Timothy and memorized at least 25 Bible Memory passages.
Kids in each age division were also responsible for having thoroughly studied 1 Timothy and having memorized several hundred additional verses from throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
John Smythe, a volunteer at this year's event, says the Bible Bee is about studying God's Word, not just memorizing passages. He says "the intent is to have the parents right there studying with [their children]."
The nonprofit organization behind the Bee is The Shelby Kennedy Foundation. I’s is named after a young woman who died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 23.
Before her death, even in her weakness, Kennedy dedicated her time to studying the Scriptures and proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ to others.
The nonprofit was formed in honor of Kennedy with the goal of encouraging children to grow in their faith through Bible memorization. 7,000 young people participated this year.
To learn more about the Bible Bee, and how your kids can participate next year, just go to BibleBee.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.