The past couple of weeks I’ve been preparing my students for our engagement with the Gospels by discussing topics such as the geography of Judea, Samaria, and Galilee; the theology of first-century Jews; the role of the Temple, the priesthood, and the cult; the importance of the Hebrew Scriptures; the emergence of apocalyptic thought; the the diversity of Judaisms in the first-century (e.g., Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes). I’m in the midst of teaching about the relationship between the Jews and Greeks (Hellenization) and the Jews and the Romans (Latinization) then late next week I’ll introduce them to Messianism.
As a way of bringing together the complexities of Jewish religion, culture, and politics in the first-century, I derived a role play game for my students. Those who survive to the end win bonus points (and who doesn’t like that?), so that gets them immediately invested, but as the game moves along the mysteriousness of it makes it fun. I don’t tell my students what it is about or why I had them play the game until it’s finished.
The following pictures are of the Google Slides that I use to instruct them along with my commentary: