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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Games


Herod the Great really does epitomize the darker side of the Christmas story and his choices were down-right morally offensive. These games therefore look more at the elements of choice, clues and searches. The first two games here use a card set that can be found by clicking on the picture. If you are teaching Herod alongside the Magi then the games for the Magi can be found by clicking HERE




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Match it – This is similar to the popular ‘Dobble’ or ‘Spot it’ where cards are dealt to two players and upon turning the top card over one symbol one each card will match. the first player to identify this match wins both cards until one player runs out of cards. Link to Herod looking at clues and signs to help the Magi find Jesus.
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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Game


For the play post this time round there are a couple of games that requie this set of cards. There are 21 cards in total spaced over 3 pages of printout. They are designed like the popular game ‘Dobble’ or ‘Spot it’ but have only 5 images rather than the usual 8. Every card in the pack had one image in common with another card. Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Game

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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Craft 1


Though these little baubles are linked to the Herod the Great lesson they are suitable for any Christmas lesson as there are 3 different designs – The Magi & Herod, the Shepherd & Angel and Mary & Joseph. Including Herod on our Christmas decorations reminds us of the darkness that came with the joy, the strife that accompanied The Prince of Peace arriving. Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Craft 1

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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Worksheet

Herod the Great (Matthew 2) Worksheet
This worksheet looks at the story of Christmas with particular consideration to Herod the Great. It references the bible passages for both the Christmas accounts as well as the Deuteronomy law. It considers the cost of Jesus’ arrival to each of the main players in the accounts. This worksheet would work well as an extension activity or review, for an individual or as small group work – many of the questions could work well as small group discus.

To complete the worksheet you will need some color pencils, a copy of the bible and to turn your thinking caps on!

The PDF can can be downloaded by clicking on the image.

Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Character Images

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to Herod the Great (Matthew 2).
The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.



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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Story

Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Story
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s hero is Herod the Great, because he shows us the gift of A CHOICE.

Essential Teachers notes:
This is a dark story, it is probably not the first choice for many, but if your group is looking for something different and has already covered the Christmas story multiple times this is an important element that is often overlooked. That Mary would not have exchanged all the gifts for one less mothers grief is unquestionable, the price of bringing Jesus into the world was felt by everyone he encountered in his early days.

Main Passage : Matthew 2

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