Mystery of History Curriculum Add-Ons

Updated: Nov 16

Mystery of History, Volume 1


My child was 16 and 1/2 years old when we went through this curriculum so most videos are geared for that age range.


We reference the Texans Wake Up Old Testament and New Testament series below.




Week 1, Lesson 1 - Creation

See our blog on the book of Genesis from our Old Testament series.


Week 1, Lesson 2 - Adam & Eve


Week 1, Lesson 3 - Jubal and Tubal-Cain


Week 2, Lesson 4 - Noah & the Flood


Week 2, Lesson 5 - The Ice Age


Week 2, Lesson 6 - Dinosaurs (created on the 5th & 6th days)


Week 3, Lesson 7 - The Sumerians


Week 3, Lesson 8 - The Tower of Babel


Week 3, Lesson 9 - The Epic of Gilgamesh


Week 4, Lesson 10 - Stonehenge


Week 4, Lesson 11 - Early Egypt


Week 4, Lesson 12 - The Minoan Civilization


Week 5, Lesson 13 - Abraham


Week 5, Lesson 14 - Jacob and Esau


Week 5, Lesson 15 - Joseph


Week 6 Lesson 16 - Hammurabi


Week 6, Lesson 17 - The Israelites in Slavery


Week 6, Lesson 18 - China and the Shang Dynasty


Week 7, Lesson 19 - Moses and the Exodus

See our blog on the book of Exodus from our Old Testament series.


Week 7, Lesson 20 - The Ark of the Covenant. and the Tabernacle


Week 7, Lesson 21 - Joshua, Jericho, and Rahab

* Add-On Watch this video from Pastor Landon starting at minute 3:00-3:38 for a quick summary. Bonus: mentions Rehab!

*Add-On Listen to this 3 minute podcast about Jericho, Rehab, and 'Doing Right, Faithfully'.

See our blog on the book of Joshua from our Old Testament series.


Week 8, Lesson 22 - Amenhotep and Nefertiti


Week 8, Lesson 23 - Tutankhamen (King Tut)

* Review this map and this map to understand where the Valley of the Kings is located in Egypt.


* Print this map of the Valley of the Kings. Identify where King Tut and Ramesses the Great are buried. Discuss why both Amenhotep IV and Nefertiti are not listed.


Week 8, Lesson 24 - Ramses II (the Great)


Week 9, Lesson 25 - Legend of the Trojan Horse

* I printed this map of Troy in black and white and we highlighted the location of Troy, found it on our globe, and noted that Helen was from Sparta, Greece which was across the Aegean Sea. We discussed how the term 'trojan horse' is still used in our language today.

* We watched the 2004 release of Troy. Please note that it is rated R and there are 3 scenes (in tents Achilles(2); Paris & Helen) you need to fast forward past. We advise parents to preview first and be prepared to skip sections. Other than that, it is a great story to follow the story of Helen and Paris. Parental Warning: After skipping the sex scenes, this was a acceptable movie for my 16.5. yr old son. It is violent and not appropriate for much younger students. Parents, do preview.


Week 9, Lesson 26 - Ruth and Naomi

See our blog on the book of Ruth from our Old Testament series.


Week 9, Lesson 27 - Gideon

See our blog on the book of Judges from our Old Testament series.


Week 10, Lesson 28 - Samson

*Add-On Watch this video on Samson from iBelieveBible. this video on Samson from iBelieveBible . On another day, to reinforce the story, watch this Samson video.

See our blog on the book of Judges from our Old Testament series.


Week 10, Lesson 29 - Zhou (Chou) Dynasty


Week 10, Lesson 30 - Samuel

See our blog on the book of 1 Samuel from our Old Testament series.


Week 11, Lesson 31 - King Saul


Week 11, Lesson 32 - David

*Add-On Watch this Bible Project video about David the Priestly King.


Week 11, Lesson 33 - Solomon

*Add-On Watch this video on Solomon's Temple Explained.


Week 12, Lesson 34 - The Phoenicians

*Add-On Watch is video about the Murex snail.


Week 12, Lesson 35 - The Kingdom of Israel Divides


Week 12, Lesson 36 - Elijah, the Fiery Prophet

*Add-On Watch this video on Elijah, King Ahab, & Mount Carmel.


Week 13, Lesson 37 - Elisha (Israel's Prophet)

*Add-On What does the Bible say about reincarnation? on YouTube


Week 13, Lesson 38 - Joel and Obadiah

*Add-On Watch this Plague of Locusts Timelapse so that you understand how locusts can devour vegetation.

See our blog on the book of Joel from our Old Testament series.

See our blog on the book of Obadiah from our Old Testament series.


Week 13, Lesson 39 - Homer


Week 14, Lesson 40 - India and Hinduism

We are trying to insert different add-ons than Nicki Truesdell, but we just can't help ourselves, but to repeat her excellent recommendations this week.

*Add-On Eastern Roots of the New Age from Christian Answers for the New Age, Mama Bear Apologetics book, Chapter 12: I’m Not Religious, I’m Spiritual!, and 7 Ways to Recognize New Age “Spirituality” on YouTube.

Also, please see our blog entitled Christian Resources for Countering New Age Ideology


Week 14, Lesson 41 - The Olympic Games

*Add-On Watch Olympic Games history.


Week 14, Lesson 42 - Jonah and Amos

See our blog on the book of Amos from our Old Testament series.


Week 15, Lesson 43 - The City of Rome

* Add-On Watch Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic,

Lecture 1 The Importance of Rome

Lecture 2 The Ancient World Before Rome

Lecture 3 The Founding of Rome

Lecture 4 The Roman Constitution


Week 15, Lesson 44 - Isaiah and Micah

See our blog on the book of Isaiah from our Old Testament series.

See our blog on the book of Micah from our Old Testament series.


Week 15, Lesson 45 - Israel Falls To Assyria

*Add-On Watch a viewpoint about the lost Tribes of Israel and another one.


Week 16, Lesson 46 - Hosea (Israel's Prophet)

See our blog on the book of Hosea from our Old Testament series.


Week 16, Lesson 47 - Hezekiah and Sennacherib

*Add-On Watch Who is Sennacherib? and Sennacherib's Prism. And if you have time, the Egyptian (Herodotus) account of the war and Hezekiah's Tunnel.


Week 16, Lesson 48 - Ancient Native Americans


Week 17, Lesson 49 - The Rise of Athens and Sparta

*Add-On Watch Preparing Olive Oil.


Week 17, Lesson 50 - Manasseh

*Add-On Watch those who are persecuted for Christ.


Week 17, Lesson 51 - The Powers of Mesopotamia


Week 18, Lesson 52 - King Josiah


Week 18, Lesson 53 - Nahum and Zephaniah


Week 18, Lesson 54 - Jeremiah (Judah's Prophet)


Week 19, Lesson 55 - Nineveh Destroyed


Week 19, Lesson. 56 - Habakkuk and Huldah


Week 19, Lesson 57 - The Babylonian Captivity


For us this was Halloween week, which is Reformation Day! We inserted a video about one of the greatest reformers, Martin Luther.


Week 20, Lesson 58 - Nebuchadnezzar II and the Hanging Gardens

Add-On Watch "the mystery of the hanging gardens of Babylon" and "3d babylon hanging gardens palace" for an image of what the gardens might have looked like. Plus, a bit more about Nebuchadnezzar.


Week 20, Lesson 59 - Daniel

*Add-On Watch Daniel and the Lion's Den.


Week 20, Lesson 60 - Aesop's Fables

*Add-On Watch Aesop short & Aesop long. We also read several fables from 'Tiny Tales from Aesop' a Book of Two Hundred 100-Word Stories by Laura Gibbs.


Week 21, Lesson 61 - Ezekiel


Week 21, Lesson 62 -


Week 21, Lesson 63 - Aesop


Week 22, Lesson 64 - Pythagoras and the Temple of Artemis

https://youtu.be/Qr3nBLnj-8E ; How many ways are there to prove the Pythagorean theorem?


Week 22, Lesson 65 - Confucius

*Add-On Read 'Why the Golden Rule of Jesus is Way Better than Confucius' and/or check out the accompanying video.


Week 22, Lesson 66 - Belshazzar and Cyrus the Great

*Add-On Watch "The Nabonidus Cylinder: The Book of Daniel and an Almost Forgotten King" and "Cyrus the Great: The King of the Four Corners of the World!" and "Cyrus The Great In The Bible" and "Belshazzar's Feast - Moody Bible Story" on YouTube.


Week 23, Lesson 67 - Darius 1

* Add-On Watch "Misunderstood Moments in History - Why the Persians Failed to Conquer Greece"

* Add-On We watched the following 4 videos to understand how the Persian era of the Shahs ended in 1979 and how it impacted the United States.

  1. Revolution in Iran, Episode 1: The Fall of the Shah

  2. Revolution in Iran, Episode 2: Khomeini Comes Home

  3. Revolution in Iran, Episode 3: Expelled

  4. Revolution in Iran, Episode 4: The Embassy Takeover

*Add-On Watch "Argo" to learn about the Iran hostage crisis and the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran (previously Persia) and the end of the 2000 year rule of Shahs. This movie is about the escape of the 6 American Embassy workers who hid in the Canadian Ambassador's private home when the embassy was overthrown and hostages were taken (when President Carter was in office). There is excessive profanity, violence and the film is rated R. Parents please review first. Please keep in mind that my child is 17 yrs old and watched with parental supervision.


Week 23, Lesson 68 - Zerubbabel


Week 23, Lesson 69 - Haggai and Zechariah

*Add-On Please watch any of the videos in our own Haggai resource page.

*Add-On Please watch any of the videos in our own our own Zachariah resource page.

See Old Testament for the full list of chapters.


Week 24, Lesson 70 - The Roman Republic

* Add-On Watch Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 5 Patricians and Plebeians


Hillsdale's 'Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic' has a total of 10 lectures. If you have the time, go ahead and watch lecture 1-5. We will hit 6-10 below. Here are all the lectures in the series in order:

  1. The Importance of Rome

  2. The Ancient World Before Rome

  3. The Founding of Rome

  4. The Roman Constitution

  5. Patricians and Plebeians

  6. The Punic Wars

  7. The Challenges of Expansion: Cato the Elder and the Gracchi

  8. Civil War: Marius and Sulla

  9. The First Triumvirate: Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar

  10. Cicero's Defense of the Republic

  11. Julius Caesar and the Collapse of the Roman Republic

  12. Rome and the American Founding


Week 24, Lesson 71 - The Battle of Marathon

* Add-On Watch "The Battle of Marathon: The Defense of the West - Battle of Marathon Animated"


Week 24, Lesson 72. - Herodotus

* Add-On Watch "Why is Herodotus called “The Father of History”? - Mark Robinson"


Week 25, Lesson 73 - Xerxes I


Week 25, Lesson 74 - Esther


Week 25, Lesson 75 - The Golden Age of Athens


Week 26, Lesson 76 - Socrates


Week 26, Lesson 77 - Hippocrates and the Statue of Zeus


Week 26, Lesson 78 - Ezra and Artaxerxes


Week 27, Lesson 79 - Nehemiah


Week 27, Lesson 80 - Pericles


Week 27, Lesson 81 - Peloponnesian War


Week 28, Lesson 82 - Malachi


Week 28, Lesson 83 - Plato. and Aristotle


Week 28, Lesson 84 - Philip II of Macedonia and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus


Week 29, Lesson 85 - Alexander the Great


Week 29, Lesson 86 - The Division of Alexander's Empire


Week 29, Lesson 87 - Archimedes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria


Week 30, Lesson 88 - Emperor Asoka of India


Week 30, Lesson 89 - The Septuagint and the Colossus of Rhodes


Week 30, Lesson 90 - The Qin Dynasty


Week 31, Lesson 91 - Hannibal, Elephants, and the Punic Wars

* Add-On Watch Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 6 The Punic Wars


Squeeze in Lecture 7 if you can...



Week 31, Lesson 92 - The Han Dynasty


Week 31, Lesson 93 - The Maccabean Revolt


Week 32, Lesson 94 - Spartacus

*Add-On Although it is not directly related to this chapter, squeeze in watching Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 8 Civil War: Marius and Sulla


Week 32, Lesson 95 - The First Triumvirate

*Add-On Watch Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 9 The First Triumvirate: Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar


Week 32, Lesson 96 - JULIUS CAESAR

*Add-On Although it is not directly related to this chapter, squeeze in watching Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 10 Cicero’s Defense of the Republic


Week 33, Lesson 97 - The Second Triumvirate

*Add-On Watch Hillsdale's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic, Lecture 11 Julius Caesar and the Collapse of the Roman Republic and go ahead and, although it is not directly related, finish out the series with Lecture 12 Rome and the American Founding


Week 33, Lesson 98 - Cleopatra


Week 33, Lesson 99 - Herod the Great


Week 34, Lesson 100 - The Battle of Actium


Week 34, Lesson 101 - Augustus Caesar and the Roman Empire


Week 34, Lesson 102 - John the Baptist


Week 35, Lesson 103 - Jesus Christ, His Birth


Week 35, Lesson 104 - Jesus, His Teachings and Miracles


Week 35, Lesson 105 - Tiberius Caesar Pilate, and Herod


Week 36, Lesson 106 - The Twelve Disciples of Christ


Week 36, Lesson 107 - Jesus, His Death and Resurrection


Week 36, Lesson 108 - Jesus, the Mystery of History


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