Elizabeth - Bible study activities
Activities for individuals or groups
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this a description of investigative journalism?
Imagine you are Luke, a journalist. Prepare a set of questions you would like to ask each of the three main characters in the story: Elizabeth, Zechariah, or Mary.
Then imagine you are one of these three, and give the answers they might have given in an interview.
Comparing the Songs
Now read the Song of Elizabeth and the Magnificat (Luke 1:42-55), noting the similarities and differences.
What significance for Christians can be read into the points of difference?
Focus questions for the gospel passages
1. What are the most interesting things about Elizabeth's story?
Movies about people helping each other
List some films about people helping each other, as Elizabeth helped Mary. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
1. Have you chosen films that are realistic, showing the nitty-gritty of ordinary life, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
Stage 3: Choose your favorite
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Single activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; make a quick list of your favorite films on this topic; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
(In this story) 'the actions of Elizabeth and Mary are the focus of attention and supply the dominant perspectives that readers are invited to share.
Although readers are certainly not encouraged to forget that their stories are also the stories of John and Jesus, the forerunner and the Messiah, and that it is as the beginning of Jesus' story that Elizabeth's and Mary's stories have their place in the Gospel, it is still the case that, as the mothers of John and Jesus, they are the responsible and acting subjects of the events related in the five central sections of the structure of this passage.
In the case of Elizabeth, Zechariah's role in fathering the child is no doubt assumed, but it is never mentioned: Elizabeth is the sole agent (other than God) in the narrative of John/s conception and birth. Zechariah is involved only when the neighbors cannot accept, without knowing his mind, such a departure from normal custom as Elizabeth proposes in not giving a family name to her son.'
Quoted from 'Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels', Richard Bauckham, p54.
These are three key moments in Elizabeth's story. Look at each one and think about the way Luke has captured the essence of these events.
What about you? If someone were writing your story, what would be the key events in your life? Could you sum them up in a sentence, as Luke did? Try and see if you can.
Bible Stories: People of the New Testament - Bible Study Resource: Elizabeth, cousin of Mary and mother of John the Baptist