Lukan Drama Case
Read the following case study below regarding a church’s desire to put on a play about Luke’s Gospel. Utilizing what we have learned in the class so far and any prior knowledge or experience you have in this area, determine what you would recommend to be done to solve the problem the church is facing. Post your thinking here, and then review what your classmates have posted. Discuss which of the proposed ideas might be most effective. Additionally, discuss what information you might lack that, if known, could change which approach would be best. Case Study: As a Bible college student, your church would like you to review the script for an upcoming Christmas drama that centers on the beginning scenes in Luke’s Gospel. As you read the script, you notice that the Lukan scene about Jesus at age 12 (Luke 2:41–52) is not correct. Instead of focusing on Jesus, the drama begins at that scene to focus on Mary. Here are the lines that trouble you: As Mary came into the Temple, she saw Jesus defiantly challenging the religious leaders. “You hypocrites,” Jesus shouted at them, “In the days ahead I will destroy this Temple and rebuild it again.” As Mary drew closer, she whispered to Jesus: “Son, it’s time to go home. We’ve looked all over Jerusalem for you.” Jesus looked up at her and sternly rebuked her: “Woman, my time has not yet come. I must teach these wayward religious leaders, so that they are warned about the coming judgment.” Mary replied: “Son, as you grow into manhood, you need to learn, as we all do, how to best honor one’s parents. In your judging others, we must let the Law judge us: honor your father and your mother.” With these words, Jesus grabbed his mother’s hand and left for Galilee, to grow and develop into a godly young man. Imagine that you have thought carefully about this portion of the script, and are meeting with those who are managing the drama. At the meeting, they will ask you if you would change anything and why. Compose your initial post in 2–3 paragraphs. Respond winsomely but clearly to those at the meeting. You must respond beyond simply stating that the biblical text is not being followed. You must also explain why the script about Jesus is not correct to Luke’s Gospel and what the ramifications of that script might be for those who watch the play, in their understanding of Jesus. In your replies, pose follow-up questions or compare/contrast to 2 classmates’ initial posts. Additionally, as a result of the discussion that ensues, create a post that states which proposed idea you feel might be most effective. It may not have been your initial idea. Include thoughts on additional information that, if known, might change which approach would be best. It is possible that the best course of action may be a combination of several classmates’ ideas. Try to come to a general consensus.