The Major Dramatic Question From The Second Shepherds' Play Around 33B.C., A Jewish Carpenter was executed in Roman occupied Jerusalem. After his reported resurrection and ascension into the clouds, a small group of apostles and a few followers developed into the major religion in most of Europe. When The Church realized that it needed a way to share their doctrine with the illiterate common people, it began producing plays that purely told bible stories. When
The Shepherds are paralleled to Jesus' apostles.
When Jesus picked those whom he would be around on a daily basis, he choose ordinary fishermen. The shepherds enter the play speaking to one another in the style of the common people of the day. They complained just like and about the same problems that every other common person would have. Likewise
There is also an illusion made that compares Coll to Thomas. In scene VII, line 73, Coll states that he will believe the prophets "when I see him and feel". The prophets had declared that God would send his messenger to the poor first and it would proclaim
Another parallel that shows whether the savior was sent to common people, is the parallel between the mercy shown to Mak and the grace given by god. Mak is even lower than the common people. The way he goes through his life is a dishonest. And when he is caught by the shepherds he could be killed, But they choose to beat him instead. This scene is reminiscent of the story of the woman caught in adultery. Although Mak is punished and the woman was not, they were both obviously guilty and both did not recive the punishment they deserved.
The way the shepherds story parallels many of the stories in the bible, cannot be overlooked. The stories in the bible that are paralleled show Jesus among the people; not set apart. Jesus himself actually answers the question as to whom he was sent. In Luke 19:10 Jesus says, "For the son of man came to seek and save the lost."