Assembly on Judaism
Approximate duration: 10 minutes
Cast of 30 (may be easily reduced by doubling up), featuring:
Abraham, Sarah,Isaac, Moses, Pharaoh, David, King Saul, Goliath, Solomon and Judas Maccabaeus - plus children providing background information on history, festivals, customs, etc. This is the first of a set of assemblies on World Religions.
Also available in UK Other Subjects Assemblies and G.R. - then Guided Reading Play scripts - is a 6 speaker script on the 5 major religions of the world, each representative interviewed by an aetheist, who has equal respect for all 5, and is instrumental in relaying the central message - which is that there is plenty of room for all religions to exist and how their differences should be celebrated whilst noting just how much they actually have in common.
Narrator: Thank you! And so the Israelites found themselves back in the Promised Land.
David: Back in Canaan, from where that nomadic tribe of Hebrews had set off all those years ago! A happy return!
Narrator: And you, King David, made Jerusalem your capital.
(Enter King Saul)
King Saul: Hey! Not so fast! I was the first king!
David: But who was it that killed not just thousands, but tens of thousands of the enemy?
King Saul: Show off! Just because I allowed you to take on
(Sound of grunting and stamping as ‘giant' Goliath stomps on)
Goliath: Me! (Bracing muscles) The mighty Goliath! Champion fighter of the Philistines! Come on, you cowardly Israelites! Who is man enough to face me?
(King Saul pushing David forward)
King Saul: Well, go on, then! What are you waiting for? Here! Take my helmet, suit of armour and sword! (Laughing) What are you going to fight him with otherwise? Your bare hands?
(David holds his hands up, in rejection of the help offered)
David: No thank you! I will do this my way!
(Goliath roars with laughter)
Goliath: What? With a shepherd's stick and
David: (Interrupting) With God on my side! That's right! I'm not afraid of you!
(Placing stone in catapult and aiming at Goliath's forehead, then releasing)
(Goliath covers his head with his hands, before sinking to the ground, unconscious)
David: Take that, you great bully!
(David strides over, takes Goliath's sword and kills him; turns to audience, with arms raised in victory)
(Exit Goliath and Saul)
David: You see? Look how great my God is!
David: And how blessed I was to have a son, Solomon, to carry on my work!
Solomon: Thank you, father! And what better way to celebrate our God's glory than to build him a temple, in Jerusalem! It also housed the Ark of the Covenant containing those Ten Commandment tablets.