BBC – Son of God Biblical Traditions Episode 2 – “The Mission” Background: This series researches the New Testament through archaeological, historical and scientific findings to better understand “Who was Jesus? ” As you watch, record responses to these questions and other information you found interesting. Try to complete as much as possible. After the viewing of the film, discuss with those at your table any questions that you need additional information. I. What Messiah Expectations were around at the time of Jesus? 1. How does the film summarize the general tone of political and social anxiety? . How does the discovery of an ancient fishing boat give insights into the lives of Jesus’ first disciples? 3. How did Jesus break from the practices of previous “would be” messiahs? How does this give insight into the specific mission strategy of Jesus? 4. What can you note from the description of common village life? 5. What was significant of the number 12 as the specially chosen disciples? II. Encountering the Jewish Leaders in Jerusalem 1. Describe the sacrificial practice in the temple. 2. What did Jesus find as wrong with the temple practices and abuses of the priests? . How does this compare this evidence in the Dead Sea Scrolls of Qumran community discontent? III. Gift for healing and how Jesus defined his mission 1. Why would Jesus’ interaction with the lost, infirmed, incurable people create a problem for the Jewish leaders? How was this approach still viewed as “radical”? 2. Describe the story of the healing that happened at the Bethesda Pool in Jerusalem. 3. Hamatgadir Baths near Galilee gives evidence of the healing process in 1st Century Palestine. Write about the needs of sick people in the first century Palestine. 4.
What evidence is there that a Bethesda Pool did exist and the story of the paralyzed man? 5. Hanina Ben Doza was a contemporary of Jesus who also was viewed as a healer. How is the story of Jesus different? What is the film’s theory regarding how the religious authorities were responsible for Jesus’ death? 6. How does the issue of taxation relate to the life and mission of Jesus? 7. How does Jesus’ actions with other “outcasts” of society (E. g. , prostitutes, etc. ) upset the temple system? What seems to be the motivation of Jesus for associating with such people? 8.
What is one of the best known stories that offended the religious leaders? What was so unsettling about this story? 9. How does this show Jesus as a “barrier breaker”? IV. Sermon on the Mount What are some of the features of this famous sermon? What language did Jesus most likely speak? What insights does the film use to describe the phrase “if someone hits you on the right cheek” etc.? How does this give insight into Jesus’ views on non-violence and how was that unique in his day? 1. What was radical about the call of Jesus to follow him even to Jerusalem to confront the temple authorities?