Bibliodrama steps into Bible characters to increase understanding

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BY MIKE HENLE
SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Rabbi Benjamin Katz used a bibliodrama as an additional method of improving understanding of the Bible during a recent gathering of the Active Adults 55 Plus group at Temple Beth Sholom.

A bibliodrama is a form of role-playing in which the roles are taken from biblical texts. It essentially analyzes a story while giving people a chance to better understand the Bible and their faith.

In Katz’s presentation, the role playing concerned the Book of Jonah, one of the prophets in the Bible. A small collection of attendees participated by reacting through the eyes of Jonah and a group of sailors.

Katz’s first choice for the 55 Plus group was supposed to be the story of King David, but time wouldn’t permit.

“I just didn’t have the time to prepare for the Book of David,” explained Katz. “I wanted to drop people into the story and needed more work, so the Book of Jonah was the ideal replacement.

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