The Resurrection (March 31)

Luke 24:1-12

Comment


Read one woman’s commentary on the women of the resurrection:

“Luke says that the report of the women seemed to the apostles ‘an idle tale,’ and they did not believe them (24:11). The Greek term applies to the wild talk of a person in a delirium, hysterical nonsense. The reader, of course, knows that the women’s report is true, and the disciples, as the risen Jesus will later say, are ‘foolish’ and ‘slow of heart’ (24:25). But Luke’s point is not to contrast believing faithful women with disbelieving, unfaithful men. Nothing is said about the women believing, although they do remember, and the men have not been unfaithful. The point seems instead to be that the faith of the men who are Jesus’ successors is not based on the word of women, on indirect testimony. Nor is it based on the empty tomb: Peter verifies that it is empty, but the sight creates amazement, not faith (24:12; cf. 24:24). Rather, in this Gospel, faith that Jesus has been raised is based on appearances and teachings of the risen Lord. . .” (Jane Schaberg, “Luke,” The Women’s Bible Commentary, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992, p. 291).

Reading the Scripture

Here are some ways you might read the scripture or tell the story:

•    Biblical Storytelling: Helps and audio examples for telling the story from the GoTell webpage: http://gotell.org/pages/stories/Luke/Lk24_01-12.html

•    Video:
o    WatchWord Bible, New Testament on DVD is available in the library. (These videos display and read the text in Contemporary English Version with background pictures, video and sound. Not exactly dramatized or all that exciting, but could be another way to read the text.)

•    Audio:
o    The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible (“presented by a stellar ensemble of today’s top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers.” Available from Keith).
o    Faith Comes by Hearing: You’ve Got the Time (Dramatized New Testament we used a few years ago during Lent. Available in the library and the church office.)
 
Teaching Suggestions

•    Maps, pictures, articles about Jerusalem:
o    Illustrations and an article, “Security at the Tomb”: A Visual Guide to Gospel Events (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010) pp. 134-135.
o    Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus (Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009). Filled with illustrations and photos of Jerusalem. See pages 64-66 for an article and pictures of the “Tombs of the Kedron Valley.” The Formations Study Guide (p. 75) mentions the importance of the Mount of Olives.
o    Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land (John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox, Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008), pp. 130-149.
o    Maps including Jerusalem: Oxford Bible Atlas (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 146, 151.
o    Maps: Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-25, B-26, B-28.
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Maps 16, 17.

•    Gospel Parallels: The Formations Teaching Guide suggests an activity, “Compare and Contrast” (p. 66). I have in my office, Gospel Parallels from the Common English Bible (Edited by Joel B. Green and W. Gil Shin, 2012, p. 241), which should help.

•    The Empty Tomb: I have some articles and illustration of Jewish burial practices during the time of Christ. Notice especially the illustration of what Jesus’ tomb may have been like. Available in the church office.

•    24 Hours That Changed the World is an excellent DVD shot on location in Israel. Adam Hamilton describes the events of Christ’s death and resurrection. Included is video of First Century tombs. See Keith if you would like to use it.

•    Testimonies: As I have noted in previous lessons, it would be nice to have testimonies from our members. The Formations Teaching Guide recommends an activity, “A Journey of Faith,” which is to arrange for a class member to share about her or his journey of faith. I suggest carrying it further. Two activities earlier in the plan, “Name Origins,” and “Holiday Memories” have members paired up and sharing non-threatening personal stories. After a prearranged class member shares a testimony, members could again pair up to share, “How I met Christ” or when has God turned tragedy to victory in your life” (see the Formations Study Guide, pp. 83-84). Let us know about any testimonies you hear.

Resources

I have set aside a shelf in the library with resources for Sunday School teachers. I will place there resources of general interest and some specifically applicable to current lessons.

•    Maps, pictures, articles about Jerusalem:
o    Illustrations and an article, “Security at the Tomb”: A Visual Guide to Gospel Events (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010) pp. 134-135.
o    Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus (Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009). Filled with illustrations and photos of Jerusalem. See pages 64-66 for an article and pictures of the “Tombs of the Kedron Valley.” The Formations Study Guide (p. 75) mentions the importance of the Mount of Olives.
o    Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land (John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox, Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008), pp. 130-149.
o    Maps including Jerusalem: Oxford Bible Atlas (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 146, 151.
o    Maps: Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-25, B-26, B-28.
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Maps 16, 17.

•    For additional commentary on the text see these commentaries in our library:
o    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
o    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)