The Parable Of The Good Samaritan

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Students view maps, images and data regarding the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Discussion will be held around the terrain, distance, elevation, heat, etc that travellers would experience along their journey. Luke 10: 25-37 will be read after the details of the journey have been discussed. Discussion around the safety of the road, and reasons why it was considered unsafe will occur. Students will then be asked to write a diary entry as a traveller in the year 80 CE, who is making his/her way from Jerusalem to Jericho. They will have to describe what they are thinking, feeling and seeing, the hardships and challenges they are facing.
Interactive map: http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html
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Characters and themes will be analysed. Students will translate the parable of the Good Samaritan into a situation that might happen at school and present the class with a performance of a skit. Students will create similar characters and conflict in a school context, something with which they can relate or may have seen happen at school before. Groups will present their skits to the class, followed by rigorous discussion around the role of the characters and how we are made to see who our neighbours are. The group must also explain how they planned to reveal the same message as the parable of the Good Samaritan – mercy and neighbourliness know no …show more content…
Understanding the purpose and text features of a parable, students will begin to dissect the story and find meaning in it. Finding those words that are repeated will clue them into those phrases that need to be analysed for importance. The contrasting characters and actions of the religious leaders, Levite and the priest, against the enemy, the Samaritan, are critical to the parable. The folkloric threesome in the three men that pass by the dying man provides further evidence to the parabolic structure. The twist ending or stress ending challenged the Jewish understanding of the law and their understanding of the term neighbour. It was not the top of the religious hierarchy that reached out, but a despised enemy. The parable reveals that God wants people to consider each and every human they encounter a neighbour, a very new concept for the people in the time of Luke. The parable then is turning the expectations of the people upside down. The parable also gives insight into the life of First Century Palestine by taking its readers along the perilous and tiresome journey from Jerusalem to Jericho. This parable leaves the reader thinking about the story, challenging them to see who they have disregarded as a neighbour that they need to reach out to

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