Meet Simon

10th April, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 3 Comments

Meet Simon. He’s a 10 year old Galilean boy from the fictional town of Jareth. This little village is much like the village of Nazareth, and Simon’s world is much like the world of Jesus. Simon was created to give the readers of God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 a picture of what it might have been like for Jesus to grow up in a Galilean small town.

Let me introduce Simon to you. He has a busy life, going to synogogue school in the mornings and working in his father’s pottery shop in the afternoons. He’s an ordinary little boy who practices using his slingshot with his friend Jotham and plays flute duets at night with his grandfather up on the roof of his house. He takes good care of Akim, his faithful donkey friend, and together they make journeys to neighboring cities to sell his father’s pottery. He especially likes to visit Capernaum and help the fisherman mend nets as he listens to their sea stories along the shore of the capricious Sea of Galilee.

At the end of each unit of God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 the reader learns a little more about Simon. Oh, and by the way, Simon hates the Roman soldiers that stop by Jareth and find creative ways to annoy and bully the townspeople. He has heard from his grandfather that a deliverer, a Messiah, is coming some day, and what he is learning at the synagogue school confirms that. As you read about the segments of Simon’s life, it’s obvious that Simon, like other Jews, is yearning for the Messiah to come.

Writing about Simon was fun, and I hope that all you readers will agree that reading about Simon’s life gives you an idea of what life on earth in first century Palestine was like for Jesus. God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1  has five stories about Simon. If after you read these about Simon, you want to hear more, let me know. Someday maybe Simon may become the hero of an entire book!



July 19th, 2011 at 11:01 pm    

Hoping to do this study with three of my children this year – do you know when it will be available? Looking forward to it! Thanks!

Claire Larsen

July 19th, 2011 at 11:34 pm    

Yesterday and today I answered the last of the (hopefully) last proofer questions so everyone expects the book to go to press at the end of the week. That means it’ll be available in a couple weeks. I will be praying for you and your children as you study GGC-NT1 together.



August 8th, 2011 at 7:45 am    

Thank you so much for your reply! I am excited to see the audio files for NT1 already on the website. We are starting “back to school” on Monday, Aug. 8, but will not have all subjects up and running until September. Hopefully, we can add GGC-NT1 then! We are excited to see it!

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