Week 16: Lesson 46-48: Hosea (Israel’s Prophet), Hezekiah and Sennacherib, and Ancient Native Americans

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Lesson 46: Hosea (Israel’s Prophet)

The book of Hosea is a beatufil and sad one. After reading the MOH lesson, we read this short book, too. We finished up with the Kings and Prophets of Israel chart by adding the last few from the Companion Guide, and from ths point forward we are only adding to the Kings and Prophets of Judah chart.

Lesson 47: Hezekiah and Sennacherib

This lesson is another great one for using archaeology to back up scripture! We read the lesson, and then read 2 Kings 18:5-6, 2 Kings 18:7-37, 2 Kings 19:35, and Isaiah 38:10-20. We talked about the death angel, or the “angel of the Lord” and how many references there are to this Angel in the Old Testament. I believe this was another appearance of Jesus before He became man.

For poety and copywork, the kids read and copyed “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron:

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

   Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

   For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

   And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

   And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,
The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.

   And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!

This is a great way to study poetry naturally! Look up Lord Byron and learn a little about him, and what prompted him to write this poem. Practice reading it aloud, too!

Next, we watched this video on Sennacherib:

and this one:

My youngest kids read Chapter 95: Hezekiah, the Good King in The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos. The older kids read History of the Ancient World, Chapter 54.

Lesson 48: Ancient Native Americans

I asked my kids if they expected to see a map of North America among their ancient history maps? They were surprised! So we read the lesson and then watched a couple of videos:

As susgested in the Companion Guide for middle students, we purchased a bucket of air-dry clay and made clay pipes! I thought I took pictures but I can’t find them. The kids really enjoyed it!

To finish up, we added these events to our timelines, did the mapwork in the Companion Guide, my 9 & 12 year olds added the corresponding sections to their labpooks (folder books), and everyone did the Week 17 review quiz.

Be sure to check out all the great book suggestions and activity ideas in the Mystery of History Companion Guide! Follow the entire course with us at the main Mystery of History Volume 1 page here.

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