Great Ideas: Life in Jesus’ Time

Life in Jesus’ Time

My seventh-grade students complete a unit about the human Jesus, learning about how he and others would have lived at that time in history: clothing styles, occupations, faith, housing, food, pastimes, and education among others. Students pose their own questions, such as “Would Jesus have had any pets?” Students research diligently to try to fill in the gaps not included in the Gospels. We cap the unit by having a feast of typical foods of the day: figs, goat cheese, olives, flatbread, and “wine.” The students come away from the unit with a closer connection to Christ, a human being just like them!

—Judith Rath, seventh- and eighth-grade theology teacher, St. Hilary School, Chicago, IL