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Life of Jesus

Life of Jesus

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The Life of Jesus Christ
An online Bible Study Course about the Life of Jesus Christ
 Barrie Wetherill 
Information for Church Leaders
The aims of the course
The course aims:
to provide a brief discussion of the main events in Jesus' life
to show who Jesus is
to explain what Jesus came to do.
Course structure
There are 12 chapters. Each chapter contains a series of articles. The events in the chapters are indate order, approximately.Separate EasyEnglish commentaries [Bible study books] on each gospel [Matthew, Mark, Luke,and John] are already on the Internet. This course uses all 4 gospels. But, where possible, eachchapter concentrates on passages from a single gospel.Barrie Wetherill's course, 'God's message goes to all nations' is also available on the Internet atwww.easyenglish.info
How to use this course
You can use this course:
for personal study
to lead a church Bible study
in a group Bible study
or in a Bible College course.
EasyEnglish language
The course is in EasyEnglish Level B. EasyEnglish is a simpler type of standard English.EasyEnglish uses simpler grammar rules and shorter sentences. The vocabulary is only 2800words. A word list explains words that are not in the standard vocabulary.We have translated this course into EasyEnglish for the Internet, so that as many people aspossible can understand it. Although the language is simpler, the contents of the course are oftenat an advanced level.The course is entirely suitable for people whose first language is English. But also, the course issuitable for people who have studied English as a second language. And the course is alsosuitable for people who cannot read English well.
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We check the theology in all our books. That is, we carefully check that everything explains theBible message accurately. We use mainstream Evangelical Bible commentaries. [That is, we usewell-known books that the major churches and Bible colleges use.]
Bible translation
The Bible verses in this course are also in EasyEnglish, so that these passages are easy tounderstand. Other EasyEnglish translations are available on our website. However, many peoplewho use this course speak English as their first language. Any translation of the Bible is suitable touse with this course. A good modern English translation of the Bible is the New InternationalVersion.
Church and personal websites
Please tell people about our website. We would like you to link to our website:www.easyenglish.infoPerhaps you would also like to link to the 'Life of Jesus Christ' index page; especially if your churchis studying the life of Jesus.
Contact us
Please tell us about your experiences with this course. Our E-Mail address is at the end of thispage.
You can download the entire course from the EasyEnglish website to your computer in a single file.This file is an RTF file, which is suitable for use in most word processors, such as Microsoft Word.
You may read and print the files in this course, free of charge. You must include the CopyrightStatement that is in each document.You may also add illustrations and make cultural or linguistic changes.You must NOT change the theological meaning of the text in any way without written permissionfrom Wycliffe Associates (UK).
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The Birth of a *Saviour 
Part 1 of an EasyEnglish Bible Study Course on the Life of Christ
 Barrie Wetherill 
Words in boxes are from the Bible.A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.
*Israel in the time of Christ
The history of *Israel
Jews lived in *Israel at the time of Christ. They probably did not feel very safe. Once their countryhad been very powerful. David and Solomon had been their kings. That was 1000 years ago. Nowthey were not powerful. The people had done wrong things. They had not obeyed God. God hadspoken to Abraham and Moses. He had given them a Covenant (made a special agreement withthem). But the people did not obey God's rules. God punished them. He made them leave their country. He had told them that he would do this. In 586 BC, enemies burned down the *Temple of Solomon. This *temple was one of the most wonderful buildings in the world. The enemies tookaway everything that was inside the *Temple.After 70 years, some of the Jews returned to *Israel. But it was very difficult to live there. While theJews were away, many foreigners had come to live there. After some time the Jews did build the*Temple again. This was much smaller than Solomon’s *Temple. It was not so beautiful.At this time, there were very strong rulers in the world. There were very strong countries. Peoplefrom Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia and Greece were very powerful. Their armies marched intomany countries.
Armies from Greece enter *Israel
Alexander the Great (from Greece) entered *Israel and many other countries. Alexander was notonly a military leader. He also introduced new ideas to these countries. He made the Greeklanguage and customs popular. Some Jews began to serve false Greek gods. After Alexander'sdeath, his Generals (important officers) fought against each other. Each one wanted to rule parts of his lands. Some of these battles were in *Israel. Then one General spoilt the *Temple, which theJews had rebuilt. This General did some evil things in the *Temple. He killed people who would notserve his false Greek gods. So, some Jews became very angry.
The Maccabees
The Maccabees were a family. They wanted the Jews to serve the true God only. And theyopposed the false Greek gods. The Maccabees encouraged the Jews to fight their enemies. TheMaccabees ruled *Israel for a short time.
The Romans
The Jews began to argue with each other. Then the *Romans came and ruled *Israel. They werevery strict. The Jews wanted to be free. But the Roman *Empire became very strong. The*Romans ruled many countries. Their power was very great. It seemed impossible for the Jews tobe free.
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