In this program, students will get into the mindset of an archaeologist, examining artifacts to see how archaeologists use what they find to better understand the people who left these records. Students will also compare primary sources, evaluating them for accuracy, credibility and bias.
This program will give students an opportunity to explore some of the challenges of translating the Bible, consider interesting differences in Bible translations and attempt to translate verses of the Bible from the original language into English.
In this interactive lesson, students will discover how the cuneiform writing system developed thousands of years ago and how it provides context about kingdoms and events mentioned in the Bible. Students will examine and analyze primary and secondary sources, maps and artifacts to compare archaeological sources with biblical information.
This program emphasizes inquiry-based learning. Students will interact with living-history interpreters by conducting interviews and will learn how daily life was driven by both an agricultural economy and observance of Torah law, or “instruction,” a foundational tenet of Jewish identity.
Explore the ancient art of writing a Hebrew Torah scroll with Rabbi Eliezer Adam, a master scribe. Rabbi Adam will explain the historical story of his craft and the ancient religious laws that govern writing the Torah. Practice Hebrew calligraphy by writing letters with quill pen and ink.
The Gutenberg Press revolutionized access to books, including the Bible. Explore the story of Johannes Gutenberg and how he used metal movable type to make books more widely available. Try your hand at printing the first page of the Gutenberg Bible!
The height of Cold War corresponded with the height of Billy Graham’s popularity. Many of his sermons denounce communism. Through primary source analysis, students will complete a document-based question (DBQ) of Billy Graham’s quotes on communism and explore how he used his sermons to influence political thought throughout second half of the twentieth century.
Explore the historical context of the Great Jewish Revolt and the Siege of Masada, which took place from 66-73 CE. Through an examination of artifacts and the writings of Josephus, students will learn about the political, religious and cultural tensions between the Jewish people and the Romans that led to the revolt, as well as its lasting impact.
Examine the history of religious freedom in America from colonial settlement through the adoption of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Analyze primary sources and complete a document-based question (DBQ) related to religious tolerance and pluralism to understand the origins of religious freedom in the United States.