Were there news reporters in Jesus' day?

The title above is just one of the many many questions we were asked at Verulam’s Year 7 Christianity Day yesterday, where 180 boys looked at the life of Jesus in great detail. No doubt the question was prompted by an activity in their session on The Miracles of Jesus, where students had to produce a news report about either Jesus turning water into wine, healing a paralysed man or feeding the 5000. They would interview Jesus and eye witnesses and come to a conclusion about what that miracle revealed about Jesus’ identity.

However, the question also came from a longing to know if the stories were really true. Other questions included ‘who wrote the Bible and how do we know it was true?’, ‘were there any eye witnesses?’ and ‘how do we know what Jesus was famous for when it was such a long time ago?’.

The boys at Verulam were engaged, enthusiastic and really interested in the sessions we delivered. There was a genuine interest in the topics and as these questions show, there was a desire to know if what they were hearing about and discussing was something they could trust for themselves or whether it was just ‘fake news’.

The day was a huge success and one boy thanked a member of the team by describing our Justice Mat as “cooler than cool”. High praise indeed!

 Six of our wonderful team as they marked the answers of our Inter-form relay quiz at the end of the day.

Six of our wonderful team as they marked the answers of our Inter-form relay quiz at the end of the day.