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Faculty of Divinity


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Video overview

James Carleton Paget describes and explains the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32), posing questions about the complexity of its meaning.

Curriculum links

Widely relevant to locally agreed syllabuses for religious education and all GCSE exam boards covering Christianity. This video would be relevant to any Key Stage 3 lesson on the parables of Jesus and to Key Stage 4 lessons about the nature of Christian beliefs/sources of wisdom and authority in Christianity.

Suggested questions and activities

  • Is the father right to forgive his son?
  • Why do you think this old parable is so famous?
  • Retell the same parable in today’s world.
  • Write a dialogue between the two brothers in the story.

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