Lesson 1 (from Part I: A World Prepared for the Gospel, The Melchizedek Factor; Chapter 1: Peoples of the Vague God, pp. 9-23)
Part I: A World Prepared for the Gospel, The Melchizedek Factor; Chapter 1: Peoples of the Vague God, pp. 9-23
In Chapter 1, 6th century Athens was experiencing a plague. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the plague and how it was stopped.
1) Research: Read information about Epimenides, oracle, seer and Pythia the priestess of Apollo at Delphi. Write a definition for the word oracle. Write the answers to the following questions: What does it mean that Epimenides was a semi-mystical person? What are some myths about Epimenides? What did he write? What was his occupation? What is a seer? What ancient writers did Richardson refer to when he told the story of Epimenides? What god did Pythia serve? Where was the temple where she served her god? Why was she known for her prophecies?
2) Class Discussion: What had the Athenians done to attempt to...
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