Jesus a historical figure like Napoleon Bonaparte or Julius Caesar? Yes, he is proven to be a real historical person according to ancient secular records as well Christian writings.
Lesson plans and resources for: Is Jesus a historical figure?
Print off these images of different people and places for the timeline: Timeline pictures
For teachers background interest see this article: Evidence of Jesus Christ – Non-Christian. (Opens in a new tab).
Also for teachers background interest see this article: Historical documents how reliable are they? (Opens in a new tab).
Also, see this article: When was Jesus born? (Opens in a new tab).
And When were the Gospels written? (Opens in a new tab).
How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus on ‘Is Jesus a historical figure?’
Hopefully you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:
These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.
Here are the main aims for the visit:
- Know that Jesus was a historical person, a 1st century Jew.
- Know that he is important to Christians who try to follow his teaching and example.
- Know that stories about him can be found in the Bible.
- Describe and explain belief.
- What do people of faith believe?
- Who is god to people of faith?
Key vocabulary: Bible, Christ, Christmas, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Jesus, Prayer, Worship.