The Reading / Listening - Jesus Christ - Level 4

Archaeologists in Nazareth say they have found Jesus' childhood home. They have been working for 14-years on the site at a convent. They think the first-century home is where Jesus grew up as a child. Professor Ken Dark did fieldwork at the ancient site. He says his studies of the well-preserved home showed "excellent craftsmanship". He says this is, "consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the job of Jesus' father, Joseph.



The home was first found in the 1880s and first excavated in the 1930s. For decades, experts have stated that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. The site had been almost forgotten by scholars. Dark used cutting edge techniques to find secrets about the house. People believed the building was Jesus' house from at least the 380s. Dark says his claims are not conclusive. He says we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus lived at that location.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jesus Christ - Level 5 or  Jesus Christ - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1767246/middle-east
  • https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/home-jesus-christ-0014580
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/has-jesus-childhood-home-been-discovered-in-nazareth


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Archaeologists
  2. working for 14-years on
  3. the first-
  4. where Jesus grew up
  5. Professor Ken Dark did
  6. at the ancient
  7. studies of the well-
  8. excellent
  1. craftsmanship
  2. as a child
  3. fieldwork
  4. the site
  5. preserved home
  6. century home
  7. site
  8. in Nazareth

Paragraph 2

  1. The home was first
  2. first excavated
  3. or decades, experts have
  4. almost forgotten
  5. cutting
  6. Dark says his claims
  7. He says we may never
  8. Jesus lived
  1. stated that
  2. know for sure
  3. edge techniques
  4. at that location
  5. found in the 1880s
  6. by scholars
  7. are not conclusive
  8. in the 1930s

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists in Nazareth say (1) ___________________ Jesus' childhood home. They have been working for 14-years (2) ___________________ at a convent. They think the first-century home is where Jesus (3) ___________________ a child. Professor Ken Dark did fieldwork at (4) ___________________. He says his studies of the well-preserved home showed "excellent craftsmanship". He says this is, "(5) ___________________ having been constructed by a tekton" - (6) ___________________ Jesus' father, Joseph.

The home was (7) ___________________ the 1880s and first excavated in the 1930s. (8) ___________________ have stated that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. The site had been almost (9) ___________________. Dark used cutting edge techniques to find (10) ___________________ house. People believed the building was Jesus' house from at least the 380s. Dark (11) ___________________ are not conclusive. He says we may never know (12) ___________________ or not Jesus lived at that location.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ArchaeologistsinNazarethsaytheyhavefoundJesus'childhoodhome.
Theyhavebeenworkingfor14-yearsonthesiteataconvent.Theythinkt
hefirst-centuryhomeiswhereJesusgrewupasachild.ProfessorKenDar
kdidfieldworkattheancientsite.Hesayshisstudiesofthewell-prese
rvedhomeshowed"excellentcraftsmanship".Hesaysthisis,"consisten
twithithavingbeenconstructedbyatekton"-thejobofJesus'fathe
r,Joseph.Thehomewasfirstfoundinthe1880sandfirstexcavatedinthe
1930s.Fordecades,expertshavestatedthatthesitewasJesus'boyhoo
dhome.Thesitehadbeenalmostforgottenbyscholars.Darkusedcuttin
gedgetechniquestofindsecretsaboutthehouse.Peoplebelievedthebui
ldingwasJesus'housefromatleastthe380s.Darksayshisclaimsarenot
conclusive.HesayswemayneverknowforsurewhetherornotJesuslive
datthatlocation.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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