WRITING STYLES IN THE BIBLE NARRATIVES

TASK 1:

Read all three versions of Jesus being baptized (Matthew 3: 13-17, Mark 1: 9-11, Luke 3: 21-22), then choose ONE to focus on.

Identify the following elements:

Setting:

The scene was set next to the Jordan River where Jesus was being baptised in.

Characters:

The characters in this are John the Baptist, Jesus and God.

PLOT:

Jesus came to John at the Jordan River to get baptised. And when he came out of the water the heavens opened up and the Spirit of God swooped down and a voice said, "This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased."

Why did you choose this version:

I chose this version because this is the version had the most information in it and explains everything the most. It has the extra information about Jesus coming from Galilee and it also tells us that John was trying to get Jesus to change his mind about being baptised and asked to be baptised by Jesus instead.

Why Do you think that this story was written:

I think that this story was written to tell everyone how Jesus was baptised and claimed by the Lord. It is also one of the first times God called Jesus his son in front of people, so this story was written to record this moment.

TAsk 2:

Imagine you're an eyewitness to the baptism of Jesus. Write an account with your own perspective. Include the setting, characters and a plot similar to the list above.

I was walking down a narrow path to reach the Jordan River to fill my bucket with water for my new born child, when I saw the famous baptist John and the even more famous Jesus, Son of God.

Jesus was dunked under water and when he resurfaced the sky glowed bright golden and the clouds parted revealing a bright ray of sunshine, aimed directly at Jesus. Then a voice said, "This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased."

The moment passed and the sky returned to its original colour, as I scampered of to spread this striking news.

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