Do you or your child enjoy learning about History? Maybe you don’t like to read big thick books but enjoy a variety of hands-on ways to learn about Biblical events. I am going to share with your some ways to learn from a variety of resources both free and paid.
Participate in a Biblical Reenactment
Easter is a great time to learn about Biblical History and be able to participate first hand if your church offers a live performance like a “Passion Play”. Many members of the congregation come together to put on a musical and theatrical retelling of Christ’s trial, suffering, death and resurrection. It take a lot of practice as well as learning the events in historical order. If your church doesn’t offer one then maybe you can find a larger church in the area that offers one for your family to attend.
Do a Bible Study about The Resurrection
Grapevine Studies offers their stick figure Bible study themed The Resurrection which allows for families and Sunday Schools to learn for 11 weeks or 40 days all about the conversation between Jesus and His disciples as they shared the Last Supper together. Walk with them as they see Jesus being tried, beaten, crucified, and finally dying on the cross. Then share with your students the joy of the disciples when they learn that Jesus rose from the dead. Your Bible study concludes with the last words of instruction Jesus gave to His disciples before He ascended to heaven. Help your students put the Easter story together like never before!
Watch Biblical Shows or Movies
Older children and adults will enjoy a full length film sharing how Mark saw Jesus. According to The Gospel of Mark dvd, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer, and miracle worker — the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production — five years in the making — is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological research, and offers an unforgettable, highly authentic telling of the Jesus story — ending with the empty tomb, a promise to meet again in Galilee, and Jesus’s instructions to spread the good news of the resurrection. This film was shot in Morroco and took 5 years to create.
If you subscribe to Netflix or Amazon Prime video then you might have some other options of movies to watch include: Paul the Apostle, Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of Luke and on Netflix- The Bible, A.D. Kingdom and Empire, Samson, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Luke, David and Goliath Battle of Faith, The Gospel of Mathew,etc. Just make sure you check the ratings and content before watching these with younger teens or children. Many are for an older audience due to violence and content. While listening to the Bible as part of our history curriculum while using Mystery of History I have found many events that were violent and of mature content.
For younger children I have some shows that I allow my 5 year old and 8 year old to watch. A few of their favorite titles include Owlegories, Superbook and Beginners Bible on YouTube. For children above 8 years old I have found The Torchlighters- Heroes of Faith series good to see how people have lived out their faith.
Attend a Biblical Feast
We know a handful of families that host or attend Biblical Feasts and are not Jewish. There seems to be a growing population of Christian families that want to learn more about the history of the Bible and Christ by celebrating in this way. Our family has not had the chance to attend a Seder or other Biblical Feast but hope to someday in the future.
Create Biblical Artwork
Children who enjoy art will learn more be creating a piece of art to reflect a Biblical event. There are a few places to go for guided tutorials such as You ARE an Artist.