4.5 The rise of Christianity and the fall of Rome

4.5 The rise of Christianity and the fall of Rome
Jesus preaching to Jews in Judea (modern day Israel/palestine)
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4.5 The rise of Christianity and the fall of Rome
Jesus preaching to Jews in Judea (modern day Israel/palestine)

Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Goals for this lesson
At the end of this lesson...
  • Understand how christianity spread throughout the Roman empire.
  • Understand how Rome was defended in the last period of the Roman Empire.

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

  • Province of the Roman Empire
  • Jewish people lived there
  • Now known as Palestine or Israel

Slide 3 - Tekstslide

  • Monotheistic religion (vs the Romans who had a polytheistic religion)
  • Wouldn't believe in the Roman gods

Slide 4 - Tekstslide

Slide 5 - Video

Why wouldn't the Jews believe in the Roman gods?

Slide 6 - Open vraag

Jesus of Nazareth
  • Jewish preacher traveling around in Judea
  • His message: "God is good and when you're a good person you'll get to heaven"
  • Followers are called Christians

Slide 7 - Tekstslide

Slide 8 - Tekstslide

Slide 9 - Video

Spread of Christianity
  • First Christianity is a cult within the Jewish religion
  • People spread the message of love and hope after Jesus died
  • But it was open for gentiles       to join
  • The Romans weren't happy with the spread of Christiany
Non-Jewish people

Slide 10 - Tekstslide

Slide 11 - Tekstslide

Slide 12 - Video


Maar christen zijn in het Romeinse Rijk is levensgevaarlijk! 
Net als het Jodendom geloven de christenen maar in één god, 
en dat is niet de Romeinse keizer!

De Romeinse keizers laten daarom de christenen vervolgen en doden...
Keizer Nero was één van de felste tegenstanders van de christenen. Hij gaf hen de schuld van de grote brand van Rome (die hij vermoedelijk zelf had laten stichten) en liet hen op de meest gruwelijke manieren aan hun eind komen.
Dit is een schilderij uit de 19e eeuw: Nero kijkt naar het lichaam van een christen die zojuist om het leven is gebracht.

Slide 13 - Tekstslide

Slide 14 - Video

But in the year 312....

Slide 15 - Tekstslide

  • Emperor in 306
  • Becomes a christian in 312
  • Theodosius makes Christianity the state religion 

Slide 16 - Tekstslide

[I] Why did Christianity grow so quickly from the year 313? (2pt)

Slide 17 - Open vraag

1. Before the Roman Empire was Christianised, it had its own state religion. This religion was very different from Christianity. Mention two religious differences between Christianity and the religion of the Roman Empire.

Slide 18 - Open vraag

Read "Jesus of Nazareth"
2a. What sources do Christians use for the life and teachings of Jesus?

Slide 19 - Open vraag


Slide 20 - Video

2b. What did the Romans think Jesus meant to do?
What was their reaction?

Slide 21 - Open vraag

4. Read "The rise of Christianity"
a. What is a different word for people that are not Jewish?

Slide 22 - Open vraag

4b. Why is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church also the bishop of Rome?

Slide 23 - Open vraag

4c. Explain how Saint Peter’s decision to allow gentile people to become Christian helped Christianity to grow from a small cult into a general religion.

Slide 24 - Open vraag

5a. Mention two changes brought by Constantine that helped Christianity to grow.

Slide 25 - Open vraag

6d. Why was Constantine’s Victory in 312 AD also a victory for Christianity?

Slide 26 - Open vraag

Slide 27 - Video

Read "The fall".
9. For which two things is emperor Theodosius the Great remembered?

Slide 28 - Open vraag

Read "Trust in coins".
10. Why did people start to melt down old denarii?

Slide 29 - Open vraag

Study this map 
closely so you
get a good
idea where the 
barbarian tribes 
came from and 
where they

Slide 30 - Tekstslide

11. In your opinion, what was the most important reason for the fall of the Roman Empire? Explain your answer.

Slide 31 - Open vraag