The Reading / Listening - Jesus Christ - Level 5

Archaeologists in the city of Nazareth believe they have found the childhood home of Jesus Christ. They have been working for 14-years on the site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent. They believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up as a child. Researcher Professor Ken Dark researched and did fieldwork at the ancient site. He says his studies of the well-preserved hillside abode revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the job of Jesus' father, Joseph.



The dwelling was first found in the 1880s and first excavated in the 1930s. For decades, experts and nuns at the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark said the site had been "almost forgotten by scholars". He used cutting edge techniques to uncover more secrets about the house. He discovered that people believed the building was Jesus' house from at least the 380s. However, he says his claims are not conclusive. He acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived at that location.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jesus Christ - Level 4 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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Archaeologists in the
  2. they have found
  3. the first-
  4. researched and did fieldwork
  5. his studies of the well-preserved
  6. revealed excellent
  7. a structural understanding
  8. consistent with it having been
  1. at the ancient site
  2. craftsmanship
  3. of rock
  4. the childhood home
  5. constructed
  6. century home
  7. hillside abode
  8. city of Nazareth

Paragraph 2

  1. first excavated
  2. almost forgotten
  3. He used cutting
  4. uncover more secrets
  5. from at least
  6. he says his claims
  7. we may never know for
  8. Jesus Christ lived at
  1. sure
  2. about the house
  3. the 380s
  4. in the 1930s
  5. that location
  6. by scholars
  7. edge techniques
  8. are not conclusive

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists in the city of Nazareth (1) ___________________ found the childhood home of Jesus Christ. They have been working for 14-years (2) ___________________ at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent. They believe (3) ___________________ home is where Jesus grew up as a child. Researcher Professor Ken Dark researched and did fieldwork at (4) ___________________. He says his studies of the well-preserved (5) ___________________ "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent with it having (6) ___________________ a tekton" - the job of Jesus' father, Joseph.

The dwelling was first found in the 1880s (7) ___________________ in the 1930s. For (8) ___________________ nuns at the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark said the site had been "almost (9) ___________________". He used cutting edge techniques (10) ___________________ secrets about the house. He discovered that people believed the building was Jesus' house (11) ___________________ the 380s. However, he says his claims are not conclusive. He acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ArchaeologistsinthecityofNazarethbelievetheyhavefoundthechildho
odhomeofJesusChrist.Theyhavebeenworkingfor14-yearsonthesitea
ttheSistersofNazarethConvent.Theybelievethefirst-centuryhomei
swhereJesusgrewupasachild.ResearcherProfessorKenDarkresearch
edanddidfieldworkattheancientsite.Hesayshisstudiesofthewell-pre
servedhillsideaboderevealed"excellentcraftsmanship"anda"structu
ralunderstandingofrock".Hesaysthisis,"consistentwithithavingbeen
constructedbyatekton"-thejobofJesus'father,Joseph.Thedwellin
gwasfirstfoundinthe1880sandfirstexcavatedinthe1930s.Fordecade
s,expertsandnunsattheconventhaveassertedthatthesitewasJesus'b
oyhoodhome.Darksaidthesitehadbeen"almostforgottenbyscholars"
.Heusedcuttingedgetechniquestouncovermoresecretsaboutthehou
se.HediscoveredthatpeoplebelievedthebuildingwasJesus'housefro
matleastthe380s.However,hesayshisclaimsarenotconclusive.Heack
nowledgesthatwemayneverknowforsurewhetherornotJesusChristli
vedatthatlocation.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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