What are some of the most significant persons in the history of your native country? How are they remembered in your country?
What aspects of world history, for example, a specific time period or culture, had a very significant impact on what the world is like today?
What aspect of the history of your native country seems most significant to you?
Did any major historical events or thinking shifts have a large impact on you or your family? These events could be political, economic, cultural or other. Please describe the events and how they impacted you or your family.
Do you think an understanding of history is important to an individual? Why or why not?
If you would like to, give a 5-minute outline of the history of your native country for your conversation partners.
If you could go back in time and change the past, what would you change and why?
Luke, a writer, wrote about the life of Jesus. What kind of work did he do to write an accurate story about Jesus? Look at his beginning:
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-3
Luke also set Jesus’ life in the contex of current political events:
“Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Phillip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.” Luke 3:1-2
Try to describe the year of your birth using this kind of method!