When Jesus came into the world, He came specifically to the Jewish people (John 1:1; Galatians 4:4). However, the New Testament world of the Jews was very different than it had been in the Old Testament. Now the Jews had been affected by Hellenism, the Maccabean Revolt, and the Roman Invasion. Furthermore, extensive changes within Judaism had taken place during the time between the Old and New Testament (a nearly 400-year period!). Jesus' teaching and work took place in the ancient Greco-Roman Jewish world. Understanding the Gospel in this context is mandatory for those who read the New Testament today. The second volume of The Bible in the Ancient World begins with five lessons on the Intertestamental period, explaining the rise and fall of Alexander the Great, the Maccabees, the Romans, the Herodian Dynasty, and New Testament Judaism. The next ten lessons offer thorough discussion on the main themes in the life and ministry of Christ. Special attention is given to the person and nature of Christ, the Gospel, the kingdom of God, and the Church. Lessons also include discussion of historical and theological issues related to the life of Christ. The final three lessons cover the history of the Church in the New Testament. In The Bible in the Ancient World, Volume 2, students will read most of the New Testament, complete map projects, and be presented with photos from all over the Mediterranean world. The completion of The Bible in the Ancient World will bring your students to a unified understanding of God's redemptive work in historical and geographical context.
The Bible in the Ancient World, Vol. 2
A History and Geography Curriculum
The Intertestamental Period
The Life of Christ
The Early Church
-Appropriate for 6th-7th Grade-Adult
-Complete in one semester (18 lessons)
-Weekly quizzes and reading assignments
-8 map marking projects
-Excerpts from Josephus, the Maccabees, Tacitus, and Suetonius
-Dozens of beautiful photos of Bible Lands
-Jokes (I'm not kidding about that)
Map projects and some lessons require printing to complete.
Typical one week lesson:
-Read lesson (3-8 pages)
-Map marking project (some lessons)
-Bible reading assignment (12-24 chapters)
Read Me First
1: What Happened After the Old Testament?
2: The Maccabees
3: The Romans
4: The Herodian Dynasty
5: New Testament Judaism
6: Who is Jesus?
7: The Birth of the Lord
8: The Youth of the Lord
9: He Came to His Own
10: The Kingdom of God is Upon You
11: Who Do You Say That I Am?
12: He Set His Face to Jerusalem
13: The Hour Has Come
14: Crucify Him!
15: He is Not Here
16: I will Build My Church
17: A Chosen Instrument
18: A Holy Temple
Student Map Book
Lessons Quizzes with Answer Key