Bible People - Isaac
Love at first
sight - famous paintings of Rebecca and Isaac
waiting, waiting - Sarah finally bears a son, Isaac
The mothers of
Isaac and Ishmael struggle for power
Bible's great Love Story
Tents of nomadic
story of the
father who offered Isaac as a human sacrifice
Lies, lies, lies
- the story of Isaac's son Jacob
trauma for Isaac? What were the long-term results?
Human Sacrifice in the Bible
for individuals or groups
Themes in Modern Films
Stage 1: Make up a list
List some films related to themes in the story of Isaac:
You can choose
recent films or classics.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
Have you chosen films that are realistic, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
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 love stories; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
Paintings of Isaac and Rebecca
Read the story at Bible People: Isaac
Go to the link at the bottom of the painting at right. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Isaac and Rebecca has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Isaac favored one son over the other:
Look at your own friends, and the people you admire. Why do you like them? What are the characteristics that appeal to you? Does that tell you anything about yourself? Spend a little time in quiet reflection, trying to understand yourself better.
with your past
Not one word is said about Isaac's reaction to his father's horrifying actions.
Were there events in your early life that affected you for many years afterwards? Is this a good or a bad thing? How have you come to terms with your own past? Discuss this with a learning partner.
What are the most interesting moments in Isaac's story?
Extra Websites in the left column have background information and ideas.