Salt In History and the Bible

"Traditionally, the study of man has been based on the study of his tools and artifacts, ideas and religion. It has failed to take into account those items essential to man's survival. Such an item is salt, neglected almost totally by both historians and archeologists. The establishment of early settlements, the rise and decay of civilizations, demographic shifts of populations and the development of agriculture, were intimately related to the immediate availability of salt." (

The purpose of this unit is to help students from the beginning of their education to become aware of how much man is dependent upon the resources of his environment and how God has helped to provide those resources throughout human history. The unit focuses on various cultures for which the Salt Trade guided their development and growth. It also looks at the properties of salt, why it is vital to humans, and how it has affected human history throughout the Bible and beyond. By the end of the unit, the students will gain an appreciation for the various cultures which evolved from the Salt Trade, a respect for the interdependence between the human race and the world around us, and an understanding for the importance of applying Bible verses to our daily lives. 

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Atlantic Union Conference, NAD
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Teacher Bulletin, Volume 4, 2004-2005, is available on CD for purchase from the Office of Education at Atlantic Union Conference, NAD.
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Curriculum: Course Outlines; Learning: Student Activities
Grade 1-Grade 3
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Seventh-day Adventist