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Saint Paul by James Tissot (Brooklyn Museum)

Prisoners from the Bible

The Bible contains a number of stories of people unjustly imprisoned , mostly because their faith in God represented a threat to the authorities.

Bishop Brian

House of Unjust Imprisonment


In this cell-space we have collected together some images for you to look at and think about. You might like to take some time to think about what you are looking at and to note your reactions and feelings.

What do you think it might be like to be behind these bars and in these places? You might like to write down any thoughts, ideas or reactions which come to you in your blog, journal or notebook.

Bishop Brian


If you are doing this with a group you might like to make copies of the pictures and put them up around your own group space.

Activity: Yes or No

Divide your group into two equal sides with one or two 'prisoners' left over. The people on one side are 'guards' and the people on the other side are 'activists'. The prisoner(s) is the invigilator who is listening for the words 'yes' or 'no'.

An activist picks a guard and has up to 10 questions which the guard must answer without using the word 'no'. If the guard fails, the guard is out of the game.

When the first activist has had 10 questions, a guard can interrogate one of the activists to try to get them to say the word 'yes'. If the activist fails, they are out of the game.

The game continues with 10 questions each until all the guards or all the activists are out of the game. If the guards win, the prisoner cannot be released. If the activists win, the prisoner(s) can go free.

What do you want to do now? Where else will your journey take you?

Resources: websites for further research
Media: suggestions for films, books and music
Rations: share a prison meal
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13


  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner


  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession


Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned


  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries


  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music


Films, books, CDs


  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab




Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?