A retelling of the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. It explains a little of the historical background but also guesses at Zacchaeus' back-story, making suggestions about why he turned out the way he did.
One of the greatest exponents of persuasion through story was Jesus of Nazareth with his parables. Many of Jesus' parables used everyday events and concerns about money, status and possessions to make their point. This is a creative writing exercise.
The story of Jesus and the money changers has inspired a great many paintings because of its unusual subject matter: Jesus of Nazareth was not known for his physical violence! This idea provides a lesson plan for exploring the meaning behind the story.