Renowned archeologist brings ancient artifacts to WCGS class
Above, Dr. Daniel Master (archeologist, professor, and WCGS dad) shows students excavated items that include a millstone, a 3,000 year old bowl, and an image of Baal.
Our sixth grade students, currently studying the Old Testament book of Judges, were recently privileged to welcome respected archeologist and Wheaton College professor Dr. Daniel Master who brought along artifacts from the time period of Judges. It's not often that students can examine and handle objects that are more than 3,000 years old! Observing images as well as physical artifacts helped WCGS students make closer connections with what they are reading in Scripture. Dr. Master holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is the author of numerous publications, and has led archeological digs in Israel. He also happens to be a Wheaton Christian Grammar School parent! We appreciate the opportunities and expertise that our community partners and school parents lend to the classroom experience.
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In Bible, students have been studying the cyclical downfall of the Israelites as described in the book of Judges. As a way of making a stronger connection to the Israelites and providing practical application, Mr. Johnson had students create a physical representation out of something that they struggle with putting before God in their own lives – today's version of an idol. It’s easy for us to stand in judgment of the ancient Israelites for their idolatry until we consider how we also struggle with making idols out of things, people, or activities. Students were required to write a self-reflection paper that described why their object (representing athletics, hobbies, social media, popularity, recreation, relationships or a myriad of other possibilities) was a potential idol, and what they could do to make sure that God remains first in their lives.